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A Definitive Explanation of the Jessica Simpson/Nick and Vanessa Lachey Gift-Gate Drama

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By Julia Duda

What a crazy week this has been for Jessica Simpson and Nick and Vanessa Lachey! In the course of a week, we were thrown perhaps the most unexpected scandal of 2020 thus far -- gift-gate. Let's start from the beginning: Jessica has been doing promotion for her memoir, Open Book, which just officially released this past Tuesday. She happened to sit down with the Today Show at the end of 2019, and while she spilled many details about her past, the interview was otherwise pretty straightforward. The real drama all started when Nick and Vanessa appeared on the same talk show about a month later to promote their new Netflix series, Love Is Blind.

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While Nick and Vanessa were on the Today Show to discuss their new reality TV series, host Hoda Kotb couldn't help but bring up Jessica Simpson. Nick and Jessica were in a pretty high-profile marriage, which officially ended in 2006. Now that Jessica is releasing Open Book, lots of new dramatic details about the divorce are coming up. Now. Nick was very clear that he hasn't read the book or heard much about it, telling Hoda per CNN: "I'll be honest, I obviously haven't read the book, so I don't know what she said or what she revealed there. But I'm certainly happy for her and her life; I know she is happy for us." A perfectly classy response!

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Here's where things got a bit awkward. During the Lacheys' interview, Hoda tells them that during her interview with Jessica, they discussed a "beautiful baby gift" that the Lacheys had sent to Jessica. Vanessa cuts in, clearly confused, telling Hoda "I feel bad, I'm sorry, you said somebody sent her...it wasn't us, but thank you, whoever sent it." Nick questions Vanessa during the interview, but she's adamant that the gift was not from her -- and that it couldn't possibly be, because she doesn't know Jessica's address!

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Needless to say, the interview did not go over well for many people. Twitter users began to call Vanessa out, calling her "bitter" or "jealous" of Jessica, and "classless" for calling out Hoda in her own interview. Vanessa responded to many naysayers on Twitter, reinforcing that she felt it was "weird" to accept sending a gift on someone else's behalf. She also shaded Hoda for apparently not doing proper research and asking questions that didn't pertain to the interview, which was supposed to be about Love Is Blind.

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Well, folks, we may finally be able to put this drama to rest. In a recent interview with Andy Cohen, Jessica is asked point blank whether or not there was a gift. She dances around the question for a while, but Andy asks directly, "did they send you a gift or did they NOT send you a gift?" Jessica replies and tells him "I ... did not get a gift. I don't know where that came from." So, there you have it! It's possible that Jessica mentioned it to Hoda but forgot about it, or Hoda misheard something. Either way, we now have clear evidence that Jessica did NOT get a gift from the Lacheys, and Vanessa certainly did NOT send one!

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