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Nick Says Newlyweds was a dumb idea

Nick Lachey made an appearance on The Late Show last night. It's got to be hard on him. No matter where he goes people are always asking about Jessica. And Letterman was no exception. He brought her up almost immediately, and even questioned whether Newlyweds contributed to their divorce. Here's more:

David Letterman: You haven’t been here in quite a long time.

Nick Lachey: It has been a long time.

DL: You were here with your then wife, the lovely Jessica [Simpson].

NL: Yes indeed.

DL: You were doing a show that was on MTV about being a newlywed at the time and, I don’t want to make you feel, maybe you don’t feel bad, I
can’t tell. But I would think that doing a show like that would maybe actually make the marriage stronger.

NL: Yeah. About that. [Audience laughs] Not so much. I don’t think so...It was among the dumber ideas I think I’ve ever seen executed in history.

DL: But at the time, there was every reason to do that show. People liked it.

NL: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. And for a while, I think we actually enjoyed doing the show as well. It was just so invasive that it became a problem.

DL: Do you think that was why the marriage broke up?

NL: You know that’s one of those things where I think until you get enough hindsight and enough clarity and perspective, I don’t think you can really know what happened. But, I certainly think it was probably a factor.

Like I said, it's got to be tough. But Nick seems to have come out okay on the other side (and more famous as well). To check out the rest of the interview just

DL: Are you still friends? Friendly?

NL: We are. And I think both of us have handled it about as well as we possibly could, under the microscope that we’re under and everything. But, I think, again, with time, it’ll give us a better opportunity to redefine our relationship.

DL: Have you learned anything from this?

NL: Absolutely nothing. I knew nothing going in. I know nothing now. No. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is there’s a premium on keeping your private life private. And I think when you’re in this business, there’s always temptation to say more and say more and I think at some point, you have to draw that line and say, “This is for me. This is for us. And that’s for the public.”

DL: You’ll probably get married again one day though, right?

NL: I don’t know. It certainly hasn’t squashed my concept of love and marriage and all that. I mean, people always ask that, “Do you still
believe in love?” Of course! I think that certain situations are meant to work out and others aren’t. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t.

DL: Now, when I got divorced years and years and years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time thereafter drunk. I mean, really drunk.
[NL and audience laugh]

NL: It wasn’t quite that bad but, I definitely think you go through different phases and there’s certainly a phase of, “Oh, I don’t care about anything—I’m going to throw myself into a little bit of booze and kind of numb the pain.” And I went through a little bit of that and came out on the other side and still have some sobriety left.

DL: You don’t want to tell us who you’re seeing is apparently what you’re saying then?

NL: She will remain nameless. But she knows who she is!

DL: Well, that’s important.

NL: It’s important.

DL: It is important. I dated a girl one time who didn’t know who she was and for me it was easy. [Audience laughs]


Join The Conversation
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
If he makes a guideline that he won't talk about it, he won't get many calls to be on talk shows to promote his music. He's not a big enough "star" that guidelines will be accepted. David Letterman reluctantly accepted the Cruise guidelines, but said that he felt neutered and will most likely not be catering to get a controversial celeb on his show again.
mar mar 10 years
he is so down to earth,and even if he knew before what questions were asked, he approved them , and he is so willing to speak, and he comes accross more likeable EVERY time. He isd a genuine man, Jessica is asbsolutly the DUMBEST girl on earth
amisarcastic amisarcastic 10 years
don't really know one thing about this man; but he does come across as a very nice person. jessica, most likely will be very regretful for the divorce action. just like any place else, i would imagine it is extremely difficult to find a good, faithful mate in hollywood, especially in the business.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Why cant he just make the guide line that he will not talk about it? I mean come on its over and we are done hearing about it! ------------------ Shake my laffy taffy
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Ima, I love Dave for the same reasons, only he was a wuss with Tom Cruise last time he was on, Dave looked like Jay Leno, being all polite and asking only what was decided on and rehearsed. It really sucked. I stayed up late on purpose to watch and my hero let me down. :( "Like MySpace, only more arrogant" That Avatar of Nick is gross somehow, I just think ewww everytime I see it, lol. Sorry.
Mrs-Lachey Mrs-Lachey 10 years
ladylove ladylove 10 years
I think the man is mature, he hasn't trashed her, unlike other men that have been dumped or broken up with their ex's.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Love Letterman and I love Nick.. Letterman is the only talk show personality out there that is unpredictable in his interviewing. And anyone who makes Cindy Crawford cry and swear never to return is aces in my book!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Nick should be a bit mature, he's like 33! lol I don't care about meaty lips and his blonde bimbo ex wife, oh wait, I never did. "Like MySpace, only more arrogant"
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I think he was saying that Newlyweds was a bad idea in terms of that it did to his marriage, not his career
amybdk amybdk 10 years
Yet where would Mr. Lachey be without Newlyweds... he wouldn't have been on the Late Show, that's for sure.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Well no sh!t! yay Nick! He's so mature. I'm glad he is able to move on now.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
I love Nick and he most definitely handled this interview very well!!! Jess u were a fool to listen to Pimpdaddy J!
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
that's totally correct and true. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
this whole story is getting old! how annoying people asking him the same questions, again and again! its been over a year now!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
I have to say it appears Nick has learnt from newlyweds, where as Jessica & her family will still pimp out anything they can for publicity. When I was at a coffee shop today, i was reading one of their magazines when I was there & there was this one bit that said Pimp Daddy wanted to Ashlee to dump Braxton & date an A-lister, and that Pimp Daddy was calling Matt McConaughey trying to get him to date Ashlee & Matt wasn't interested...too funny!
TNgirl TNgirl 10 years
Yep no one can say that you are making an @ss of yourself when you are just speculating.
JennaV JennaV 10 years THAT is the key. ;)
TNgirl TNgirl 10 years
Jenna I think your "speculation" is right on track with the truth. It's okay to speculate just don't assume anything.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Yes, I "speculated" she was a skank ho. I don't **know** for sure, but I am speculating that.
ohilovemybabies ohilovemybabies 10 years
I don't know how anyone can defend Jessica Simpson. She is too nasty for words
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
The Jessica Simpson "I Belong to Me" one a couple of pages back. Where someone calls a regularsugar "stupid".
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Jessica's I belong to me :barf:
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Which other thread is this, Jen?
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Blame my overzealous index finger :P
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