Saturday Night Live

Season 30 Episode 3

Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 23, 2004 on NBC



  • Notes

    • The band actually did not play the wrong song. As described in this excerpt from a news article:
      "Though Simpson's first performance in the show — her hit 'Pieces of Me' — went off without a hitch, the second, 'Autobiography,' was derailed when a pre-recorded track of her voice (singing "Pieces of Me") began playing while Simpson was holding her mic to the side and had her mouth closed. When the track came on, Simpson tried to dance a little jig instead, but after about 30 seconds, she exited the stage as her band continued performing. The show cut to a commercial.

      At the end of the show, host Jude Law tried to help Simpson brush the moment aside by shrugging, "What can I say, folks? Live TV." For her part, Simpson initially placed the blame on her band. "I feel so bad," she told the audience. "My band started playing the wrong song. And I didn't know what to do, so I thought I'd do a hoe-down. I'm sorry. It's live TV. Things happen. I'm sorry."

      An 'SNL' spokesperson said that Simpson had planned to use a backing track, a common concert aid that allows singers to either lip-synch or sing along with a guide-vocal track, to augment her voice. A statement from Simpson's record label blamed a "computer glitch" that triggered 'a cut from her album' to play instead of a drum cue."

      Simpson since claimed responsibility, as the article states, saying her work schedule was wearing down her voice.

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