Simpson's Minnillo escape
13:30 21 July 2006
Jessica Simpson narrowly avoided an awkward meeting with her ex-husband's new love Vanessa Minnillo.
The blonde star appeared on MTV's 'Total Request Live' show - which is co-presented by Vanessa Minnillo, Nick Lachey's new girlfriend - on Wednesday (19.07.06).
Luckily for Jessica, Minnillo was not available to host the programme, so the 'Dukes of Hazzard' actress - who was unveiling her new music video 'A Public Affair' - was asked to step into her shoes.
However, Jessica was so nervous about the premiere of her new video she stuttered as she read the autocue.
The promo - her first release since splitting from Nick - appears to contain a swipe at Minnillo.
In it Jessica struts her stuff on roller skates, while a dark-haired man flirts with a jealous brunette TV entertainment reporter called Maria Menounos.
Jessica's real-life friends Eva Longoria, Christina Applegate and Christina Milian also appear, while 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest plays the girls' limo driver.
'A Public Affair' is directed by Brett Ratner - who also worked on the video for Jessica's hit single 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin''.
Earlier this week, Nick denied he is romancing Minnillo.
He said: "I'm single. I don't even have time to do much."
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