A Newlyweds Producer Spilled the Beans on Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s Marriage

Though it’s been over a decade since music artists Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorced, their run on MTV’s reality show Newlyweds continues to fascinate pop culture fans. And a dishy behind-the-scenes look at the show is making the news rounds again, thanks to former Newlyweds producer Sue Kolinsky.

In an interview with Complex, Kolinsky (who also worked on ;The Osbournes) shared that many of the show’s conflicts were unscripted, with Nick and Jess truly duking out their marital strife on-screen:

“You could feel there was tension between the two of them. They were very different people. He was a blue collar guy — he did a lot of things himself, like he and his brother would build things. He was frugal, and she had excessive taste. In the end they weren’t suited for each other. The only thing they really had in common was their music.

She was really young; I think he’s seven years older than her. He wanted a family, and her father thought maybe she was too young. Her father was very involved in her life.”

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As for that infamous “Chicken of the Sea” moment, which Jessica recently poked fun of? Well, many fans of the singer and shoe designer are quick to theorize that she’d played up her ditzy image as part of a studied publicity gambit. Kolinsky… isn’t so sure:

“There were times when we were like, ‘Hm, does she really not know what this means?’ I truly believe the whole ‘chicken & fish’ situation was accurate. She really did not know.

I remember there was a scene where there was a dead mouse by their pool and it had been dead for a while. Nick said, ‘It’s in rigor mortis’ and Jessica said, ‘Riga-what?’ I truly believe she didn’t know what that meant.”

But all in all, Kolinsky had a pleasant experience with the fresh and fame-flushed couple: “Nick was a little more accessible than Jessica, but she was very sweet and it was fun hanging out with them.”

Read the whole interview here.

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