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.

Comments (754)
  1. alex  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    yeeesssss! haha, god, PLEASE don’t leave that out of the west coast broadcast!

  2. heavensent. i’d like to shake the hand of whoever’s responsible.


    someone must have it. MUST. oh man. ohhh man.

  4. Steph  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    It. Was. Awesome.

  5. her apologies and excuses at the end were priceless. I can’t believe she blamed her band for beginning to play the wrong song. COME ON! It was so obvious that she was busted lip synching.

    that was some great tv history shit.

  6. mishell  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0


  7. mishell  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    also i must add “my band started playing the wrong song…” yes..the wrong some that you started singing too randomly without opening your mouth.

  8. eric  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    ryan cabrera totally set her up.

    did you see tina fey and amy poehler consoling her at the end? as soon as it happened i thought to myself, what will stereogum say?

  9. eliza  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    see, i knew she was lip-synching! stereogum didn’t believe me, but i proved him wrong! whatevs, though. i still love her and her sexy dance moves. JUST KIDDING. she dances kind of funny.

  10. can we stage an intervention in re: the boots? awful.

  11. wendy  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    during the first song, i thought “wow, such an even cd-like tone to her voice!” then woooopsy, snafu!

    is the guitar/drums/etc recorded too? if those faux-hawked dudes stopped strumming, would the music go on?

    will tweens even care she lip synchs? everyone has already accepted the fact that britney does it.

  12. mariposa  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    lol @ ashlee simpson’s life.

  13. diz  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    From Lucky Magazine interview:

    LM: What are your takes on lip-synching?

    AS: I’m totally against it and offended by it. I’m going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I’d never lip-synch. It’s just not me.

  14. Zelda  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Oh my word. Just saw the video clip….what a riot…those band members looked like they were going to laugh their asses off later. I wonder if Daddy Simpson will make some heads roll for this one. I was babysitting (stupid college jobs) and flipping through channels and ran across her singing…guess I changed it too soon or had already passed this segment! Shit, wish I could have seen it live. Her humiliation is priceless. Sorry, but she’s had her “career” handed to her, so I refure to feel like a cold-hearted bitch for taking joy in her discomfort :)

  15. ahahahha is her band even playing? those dongs look like theyre faking it too.

  16. Yeah, she didn’t have her own career anyways. She lives off her sister’s fame, can’t sing, and, apparently, can’t dance. About time someone realized she was just another Milli Vanilli.

  17. emily  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    that’s what she gets for attempting to touch my man. BIATCH.

  18. btw… why was she dancing around like an elf?

  19. naw dude, its a leprechaun jig. get it right. do this, download any flutes-only track, then mute the video and watch it. then masturbate. i did.

  20. Stephanie  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Duh, that’s, like, the first rule of show biz: when the track you’re lip synching to cuts out, dance the hornpipe.

  21. this i am sure of: jessica was laughing her ass off.

  22. LOLLERATION  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0


  23. When we were watching her first performance we started arguing about if she was lip synching or not. Case closed.

  24. she was so obviously lip synching the first performance. if you listened carefully you could hear her singing over the track at the very beginning and then someone decided *ok she sucks* and just cut her actual vocal out all-together. but what happened for the SECOND performance was priceless.

    my band played the wrong song? puhlease, more like “someone played the wrong track on my CD! BoooooOOoo hoo!”

  25. Kelly  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Anybody know where to download the priceless performance? Pretty please??

  26. Beth  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    it takes so little to be famous nowadays. other people control every move you make, you don’t have to write your songs, or even sing them. will it ever snap back to the other side of the continuum?

  27. Kelly  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Those links don’t work or don’t exist. some one please, i’ve gotta see ashlee go down! :-)

  28. Amber  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    does anyone have the clip at the end where she is apologizing and blaming her band?….Thanks so much

  29. Beth  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    so far, i’ve only seen an audio clip of the apology at the end:

    and kelly, the link i put above does work. i just double-checked it for you. :)

  30. Kelly  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    maybe its because i have an ibook, but none og those links have worked for me. Please help!

  31. Amber  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    thank you so much for that hilarious clip…..what a loser blaming her band for playing the wrong song….even if they did…she was still lip syncing to the wrong track!!!….bwahahahaha

  32. mel  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    my roommate and i were getting drunk while watching SNL tonight and laughed our asses off when her second performance got all fucked up. and why does she dance like she wants to be gwen stefani, anyway?

    even funnier, she was in dallas last weekend and was at the mall where i work. she walked by our store twice and we laughed at her both times.

  33. Ok so that was fucking ghetto. On the west coast version they edited out the part where her lip synch vocals started playing. It just made it look like her band was playing the wrong music. Thank god for TIVO’s on the east coast.

  34. Vic  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Yep, just saw the West Coast version. Edited out the audio, yet kept the irish jig. Lame.

  35. My god, watching that clip has to be the ultimate definition of schadenfreude. It almost hurts – almost – to watch the rather inexplicable if not pathetic dance she begins doing post-fuck.

    Nothing left for me to do but dance – got canned heat in my heels tonight, baby! Ah-OOoooOOoo-whoaaaaaaaaaaaa

  36. anne  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    um, no one is going to mention what they put on instead — the fucking thing with the bears?!?!!?!

    ashlee, not only do you suck, but you tried to blame your band. that’s just poor form. they had every right to laugh at your lip-synching ass, and i’m glad they did. it’s got to be some new level of hell to have to play backup for that girl. gaaaah.

    still, funniest thing i’ve seen on snl…ever. yeah, ever.

  37. tim  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    they removed the vocal from the west coast so she just looked like an idiot dancing around while her band was laughing. seems like daddy simpson wanted to make sure nobody out here knows his little girl lip synchs her songs. god bless the internet!

  38. nickw  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    “i didnt know what to do, so i started doing a ho-down” There is a God…. and He loves me very much.

  39. vickie  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    i can’t believe they edited it out for us west coasters. thank god for the internet.

  40. From my website:

    An Open Letter To Ashlee Simpson.

    Hey Ashlee!

    What’s up? It’s Jake! You don’t know me, but I think you’re totally awesome. Of course I’ve only seen you on your TV show and heard your album and stuff, but I bet that you and I have a lot in common! Hopefully at some point in the next eight to twelve months, we’ll get a chance to hang out or something. I also totally want to make you a mix-tape! Don’t worry. I know the whole boy/girl mix-tape thing carries huge implications. This would just be as friends (I do think you’re really cute though)! Oh, and it would actually be a mix CD, not a mix-tape. Home recording technology has advanced in the last couple of years. Mix-tape just sounds better, right?

    I’m writing because I saw what happened on “Saturday Night Live” and I just wanted to say, don’t worry about it. I know there’s probably some stupid people out there who think you were lip synching or something, but they’re totally dumb and don’t realize that you were just doubling your vocals with a backing track to get a full sound, and someone’s finger obviously slipped and played the wrong track. I totally got your back if anyone tries to say any shit about you.

    Anyway, hope you’re having a good time at the after-party! I was gonna come out tonight, but I’m really tired and honestly, I didn’t want to meet you for the first time at some steakhouse in midtown. I’m sure there will be cooler circumstances for us to hang soon. Rock!

    Talk to you later!

    Your friend,

    Jake Fogelnest

    P.S. If you’re looking for a cool CD to buy, check out “Raw Power” by Iggy and The Stooges. It’s pretty rad.

  41. emily  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    i like to call it the “i got something stuck in my pantz” dance.

    it’s so painful to watch.

  42. While I’m sure you all gathered\ignored what I was saying, I should probably specify that when I said “to watch the rather inexplicable if not pathetic dance she begins doing post-fuck” I meant post-fuck UP. I have no idea as to whether Ashlee Simpson does a jig or any other kind of dance for that matter post-coitus.

  43. mike  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    if you have a ibook and the links wont work try these:

  44. According to her official website, Ashlee’s scheduled to perform on Monday at the Radio Music Awards:

    “Ashlee Simpson will be performing for the upcoming Radio Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on NBC October 25 at 9 p.m.”

    You think she’ll make sure the band’s performing the right song this time? :)

  45. chris  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    those of you that have Tivo’s, remember to set them for this next performance. i have this wonderful feeling something horrible is going to happen again.

  46. jesse  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2004 0

    Does anyone have an online video of the beginning of the first song she performed on SNL? People have said that you can hear her start to sing along with the prerecorded vocal track, but then they cut her microphone.

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