Simpson takes blame for the glitch, blames acid reflux problems for Saturday gaffe

By Todd Peterson
Updated October 26, 2004 07:00 AM

Ashlee Simpson’s embarrassing performance on Saturday Night Live didn’t hurt her sense of humor.

The 20-year-old singer and reality TV star took to the stage for Monday night’s Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas to perform “Autobiography,” the song that had caused her so much consternation on SNL just a couple nights earlier. Before she began, host Carson Daly assured the audience they were getting a live version of the song, but as the track began Simpson screamed, “It’s the wrong song,” the Associated Press reports.

A second later she added that she was “only kidding!” – and then performed the song live.

The self-deprecating moment may have put a lid on Saturday’s flub, during which Simpson walked off the SNL stage when her band began playing the wrong song and a prerecorded vocal track was clearly playing.

On Monday her father, Joe Simpson, blamed the lip-synching incident on his daughter’s acid reflux disease, which he said had swollen Ashlee’s vocal cords. The elder Simpson said it was his decision to go ahead with the prerecorded tracks, Reuters reports. “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said.

In a phone call to MTV’s “TRL” on Monday, Ashlee took the heat for the SNL blunder.

“It’s so embarrassing,” she said, “because it sucks. The total situation was a bummer. I made a complete fool of myself.”

SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels, who also was honored Monday night with the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, D.C., said earlier in the day that if Ashlee had had a bit more experience, she might have been better able to handle the goof. But, he added, “it wasn’t her fault.”

Among the other performers honored at Monday’s Radio Music Awards were Usher, Beyonce, Tim McGraw and Janet Jackson.