Did Jessica Simpson's Father Diss U.S. Troops?
Simpson, in New York City with her boyfriend Eric Johnson, was taping a PBS holiday special on Thursday (a broadcast on which she'll sing tunes from her upcoming album) when the alleged snub occurred.
But there are two sides to every skirmish: Jessica Simpson's spokesperson tells PopEater the singer is innocent, and would never diss any members of the military.
"The song was cut due to time. Jessica wasn't even aware. She is wholeheartedly devoted to the troops -- she just returned from the Persian Gulf where she performed for, and met with, service men and women stationed at several different locations. Last night, she received a Silver Star Award for her work with AFCEF (Armed Forces Children's Education Fund)."
"The military was the source of inspiration for her entire Christmas album, so much so that she recorded a duet for the album with a USS Harry Truman sailor," the rep adds.
Still, backstage witnesses insist that feelings were hurt over what happened. A spokeswoman for the 4T Troops singers -- who reportedly "waited six hours until midnight only to be told their number with Jessica had been cut" -- said, "Joe [Simpson] should be ashamed of himself."
One of the singers, former Sgt. Daniel Jens (deployed in Iraq in 2007), said, "I am so disappointed and angry, I threw up when I got back to my room."
Meanwhile, Simpson does indeed appear to be oblivious to the backstage drama in this happy pic she posted to Twitter followers with the caption: "Eric and I late night after PBS Christmas special..."
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