Joe Simpson will serve as executive producer of daughter Jessica’s new NBC sitcom, but the two still aren't on speaking terms ... that's not awkward at all.
When the singer-actress-designer tapes the upcoming show, a semi-autobiographical comedy based on her life, Joe will not be on set, reports say.
Just like when she filmed NBC's Fashion Star, Joe, who still serves as her manager, will be there to oversee production, but only if she’s not there.
The estrangement stems from the Joe Simpson gay rumors and the end of his marriage to Jessica’s mom Tina; they separated in 2012 after 27 years.
“Don’t be fooled that because Joe is executive producer for Jessica’s new show she has now forgiven him for cheating on Tina,” a family source said.
“In fact, they still don’t talk and Jessica doesn’t want anything to do with him."
“He won’t be on set when she is. Jessica will film scenes and Joe will have to review it later on a recording and discuss the show with other producers."
"He's her manager now. That's it."
“If Jessica had it her way, Joe wouldn’t be involved at all. However, she’s still under contract to be managed by him so there’s nothing else she can do.”
Jessica and fiance Eric Johnson reportedly spent much of their recent Hawaiian getaway fighting over her father, who Eric believes she should lay off of.
“It’s something they can’t see eye-to-eye on, and it really spoiled the trip for a lot of family members who felt uncomfortable in their presence,” a source said.
“Jessica is keeping Joe at an arms-length following the scandal and won't forgive him for what he did to Tina. She just doesn’t want anything to do with him."
The Simpson family patriarch has been linked to several people - both younger men, Bryce Chandler Hill and Joey Anderson - in the past year.