Back of Jessica and Eric Run Into Nick and Vanessa at Dinner! Jessica Simpson had Eric Johnson's help last night as they weaved their way out to their car following dinner at LA's Red O restaurant, where her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, was coincidentally eating dinner with his girlfriend and frequent shower buddy, Vanessa Minnillo. The two couples apparently dined next to each other for hours, but Nick and Vanessa were the first to leave. Eric and Jess are back on the West Coast after a stint in NYC so she could record her upcoming holiday special for PBS. Their Big Apple stay came after a trip farther away visiting with troops stationed in the Arabian Sea. All of Jess's hard work and jet-setting have impressed another of her father Joe's artists, Chris August, who recently gushed about getting to know the singer. He said, "She is obviously incredibly beautiful, but I think what people definitely don't realize is just how down to earth she is. She was always so supportive of my music, and I appreciated it so much. She's definitely funny, down to earth and a typical Texas girl." View 10 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 To see more Jess, just . View 10 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Image Source: Bauer-Griffin Online Comments ElenaEv 6 years Jessica cheated on Nick? Are you sure? I remember an episode of Newlyweds when he was invited at the playboy mansion and he didn't want his wife to follow. I find it odd for a newlywed. In my book it would be even more fun to visit the playboy "zoo" with wifey, if your intentions are pure. jaan_black 6 years I agree with the comment above mine, sorry Jess mondaymoos 6 years I'm sure JESS could care less. The only way Nick gets his picture taken these days is if she's in the vicinity. babaloo 6 years She's not huge. Not even remotely. People have such a warped perspective of body size. Particularly hers since folks love to grind their ax on her life. What exactly does this dude do though?