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Jessica in Tears at Kennedy Center Tribute

A mingling of Hollywood's youngest and most experienced came together over the weekend to celebrate some of the most respected members in showbiz at the Kennedy Center in DC. Five greats were honored: Dolly Parton, Steven Spielberg, Smokey Robinson, Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta for their contributions to American culture and the arts. Reese and Jessica were both on hand to sing 9 to 5 in a tribute to Dolly Parton, a performance that should have been a happy one. But Jess evidently messed up the song and left the stage in tears. Here's more:

Simpson was on stage to sing Nine to Five as part of the tribute to Dolly Parton, one of the evening's five honorees. Simpson ended her performance abrupty with the words "so nervous" and quickly exited the stage. The stunned audience remained silent, giving her no applause.

Simpson appeared to be crying when she and other singers in the tribute returned to the stage.

How embarrassing! Poor Jess. She's a big fan of Dolly's and was even planning on going to Dollywood to perform with her friend. Hopefully this flub doesn't change her plans. Still, it looks like the show went on without her. It airs Dec. 26th at 9 pm on CBS. Lots more pics including Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Barbara Walters, Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson, Carrie Underwood, Dolly, Donna Karan, Fran Drescher, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Reba McEntire, Reese, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Carrie Underwood just































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PJM PJM 10 years
Shania Twain looks beautiful. For once not over the top. Where has she been???
Megg Megg 10 years
They will probably blame this on Jessica being sick, like they did during her ablum release remember she suddunly lost her voice. They will probably spin this and say she had a stomach virus hence the holding of her stomach. I heard on the radio this morning that she even had que cards, I guess reading is not one of her strong points either.
ladylove ladylove 10 years
You know what else is sad, Carrie Underwood, a girl that went on a reality show, has more poise, than this girl. How sick, that the honoree, Dolly Parton, is being upstaged by this girls stupidity. I don't feel one ounce of sympathy for this woman, at all. You know her father, is going to say how upset she is, will blame her hectic schedule, and say she's still recovering from all that she's been going through with the divorce. Please somebody make her go away!!
chenoa chenoa 10 years
Good for her!! I don,t feel sorry for her.
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
She got starry-eyed pretty badly! ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
I'm kinda shocked over the pic of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson---Aretha actually has her gigantic cleavage covered!!!!! And her hair is a natural-looking color, as well. What's going on.... did she finally get a stylist, or something???
la_clique la_clique 10 years
There was alot of coverage here in TN because of Dolly and Reese, apparently she was acting strangly and holding her stomach and just sort of wandering around in a daze. Our reporter said that she was just acting bizare backstage and with the press, they thought she was acting silly, so they were all laughing at her, but then she did this, and just sort of wandered off... Maybe she is sick and took something that made her woozy? I don't like the girl at all, but she has been performing most of her life. Seems an odd reaction.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
:rotfl: J!!!!
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
:ROTFL: jennav good one!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Why on EARTH was she invited in the first place? :oy: "One of these things is not like the of these things does not belong."
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
I saw the clip on Inside Edition and I think she cried because she messed up the words. Oh well. And yeah it's true no one clapped for her.
sofi sofi 10 years
Well, I'd love to see the clip, but I also read that they had a redo that will air on tv. Can you imagine the President, dignitaries, and big stars sitting there and rolling their eyes at this immature behavior. No one clapped- probably stunned that something like that happened at such an event. She won't be invited to anything so high profile ever again- Thank God!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I guess we should be thankful she didn't do a stupid jig offstage like Asslee did on SNL.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
I don't get it. She's been performing for years, and she runs off stage 'cause she messes up?
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
oh boohoo. no sympathy for her at all.. and Jess since you are such a fan of Dolly maybe she can give you some pointers on how to look less tranny when you have big old boobs. Or maybe not.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Oh, I just caught..."til near the end of the song."
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
You're welcome, BB! I can't help but feel bad for her, though I most certainly am not a fan of hers. Oh yeah, and when she went back onstage, Reese had her arm around Jessica to comfort her, which I thought was sweet.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Autumn, thanks. That doesn't sound too bad, at least she finished. I would be embarassed too, though. I feel bad for her. :(
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
Hey, BB! :) She did kinda flub her lines but she didn't quit right after that happened, she still went on til near the end of the song.
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Autumn, Hi girlie. Did she just mess up a line, and walk off stage?
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
Lol, I'm sure it will pop up on YouTube pretty soon. She was holding her stomache the whole time too, idk why.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I need to see this clip!
Autumn87 Autumn87 10 years
I just saw this on Access Hollywood, they showed the clip and all...I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. It must've been soooo humiliating!
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
Maybe she should have just lipsynched the song like her sister.
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