The singer spoke candidly on Watch What Happens Live about his relationship with ex-wife Jessica Simpson

By Maggie Coughlan
May 08, 2013 11:45 AM
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It seems like decades ago that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were the first couple of reality TV – but on Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen couldn’t seem to forget!

When Lachey, 39, and the rest of 98 Degrees visited Cohen’s talk show, the singer’s ex-wife and her family were hot topics.

During "Plead the Fifth," a question-and-answer game Cohen plays with celebrity guests, who can stay silent rather than answer an uncomfortable question, the subject of Simpson’s father, Joe, came up.

Cohen asked, “What is the best thing about no longer having Joe Simpson as a father-in-law?”

Nick’s brother, Drew, quickly interjected, “Everything!”

“What is the best thing about not having Joe Simpson as a father-in-law … I don’t have to play grab a–– under the table on Easter Sunday,” Nick said with a laugh.

“I am blushing!” Cohen remarked.

“Our publicist is freaking out right now,” Drew, 36, said.

“That’s very funny,” Cohen said.

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“It may not be tomorrow, but it is tonight,” Nick said.

Earlier, Cohen asked if Lachey ever reminisces by watches Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, the three-season reality series that followed the couple as they struggled to make their marriage work.

“Wow. Is this the part where I can plead the Fifth? It’s been years [since I’ve talked to Jessica]. Years. Honestly, probably six years,” Lachey said. “It was like another lifetime ago.”

“I have not. As you can imagine, that’s not popular viewing in my house. We don’t sit around as a family and watch the old DVDs,” he said with a laugh. Lachey and Simpson, 32, ultimately divorced in 2005, after three of marriage.

In 2011, Lachey married Vanessa Minnillo, and the couple welcomed son Camden John in September of 2012.

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