Joe Simpson will not take criticism of his prize employees sitting down.
At Monday's performance of Chicago in Manhattan, where Ashlee Simpson-Wentz made her Broadway debut, her dad admitted feeling under siege.
"We as a family are under a lot pressure," the pimp-in-chief of the Simpsons said, adding that peeps want "to make us look bad, want us to fail."
This is not true, and we resent the allegation. We merely point out and delight in the fact that they do fail when their acting is beyond painful.
"The world says whatever it says," he adds. "They always want to make it look like we're failures but we're really just a family that works hard."
Not sure who they are, but whatever helps Joe sleep at night.
Ashlee getting canned from Melrose Place wasn't the only setback in what has been a tough year for Joe's girls, however. There's Jessica. Ouch.
In 2009, she struggled with her weight, wore some hideous fashion, watched a coyote snack on her dog and got dumped by NFL star Tony Romo.
The night before her birthday, no less. That stings.
Fortunately, next year Jessica returns to reality TV with The Price of Beauty, a VH1 series that features her traveling the world. Scintillating.
The happy dad - who cried during Ashlee's Chicago performance - praised both of his daughters' ability to roll with the punches above all.
"My children look at ups and downs and rise up above it all and remain strong. We're just normal people, and we always try to be who we are."