Ashlee Simpson’s Saturday Night Live Disaster

By Stereogum / October 24, 2004 - 12:53 am

Comfortable and confident” lip-syncher Ashlee was sabotaged on live TV! Someone encode that shit please.

ASHLEEGATE UPDATE: Watch the incident and the apology (Windows Media, via College Humor). You may now dissect in Zapruder-like detail.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Somewhere on Ashlee’s official hate board, MTVNews found this new apology purportedly from Miss Simpson herself:

“I can’t cancel something like ‘SNL’ You and I know that even if I synched on it or not, I’d still get seen by millions, maybe even make a few more fans. I’ll hold my head high and say I think it was silly of me to do it, silly of me to blame the band, I was just so f—ing embarrassed. But I don’t think it did me much harm, and people will see that soon.”

In a second post titled “I’m trying!” she even responds to the haters:

“Seriously, I don’t sleep much for a start, and with flying from A to B and flying all over the f—ing place, it’s just getting to me. And it showed. Joke is on me, you seem to enjoy it. I know what I said [in Lucky about disapproving of lip-synching], but when I get as worn out and beaten down as I do, sometimes I do not have the energy or the voice left. I have almost lost it due to nonstop moving about. So it is the only option.”

Don’t forget Ashlee performs “live” on tonight’s 2004 Radio Music Awards (NBC 9/8c), making it the first time there has even been a reason to watch.

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LAST UPDATE I PROMISE: Ashley called in to TRL today and told Gideon Yago:

“It?s so embarrassing, you know? It sucks because that day I had severe acid reflux. It like started acting up. The rehearsals were going amazing and I completely lost my voice at six o’clock that night. My dad was like, ‘I’m sorry but you have to sing along with a backing track.’ A lot of artists do that but I was so upset because I’ve never done that ever before. My voice wasn’t strong enough. I couldn’t even speak and my doctor was like, ‘You can’t! You’re going to blow out your vocal chords!’ It was my first time and I made a complete fool of myself because my drummer actually pressed the wrong button.”

There you have it, straight from the hoarsest mouth. Acid reflux = so not cool.