MTV's Newlyweds starring Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey was my second favorite reality show back in the day (The Osbournes being the first). I was shocked when Nick and Jessica filed for divorce after season three aired, but according to Sue Kolinsky-- a producer who worked on the series all three seasons-- it was a long time coming.
Kolinsky recently told-all about the popular reality show in an interview with Complex:
"There were times when we were like, 'Hm, does she really not know what this means?'" Kolinsky said of Jessica's 'play dumb' personality. "I truly believe the whole 'chicken & fish' situation was accurate. She really did not know. I remember there was a scene where there was a dead mouse by their pool and it had been dead for a while. Nick said, 'it's in rigor mortis' and Jessica said, 'Riga-what?' I truly believe she didn't know what that meant."
"You could feel there was tension between the two of them," Kolinsky said of Nick and Jessica's relationship. "They were very different people. He was a blue collar guy—he did a lot of things himself, like he and his brother would build things. He was frugal, and she had excessive taste."
She continued, "In the end, they weren't suited for each other. The only thing they really had in common was their music. She was really young; I think he's seven years older than her. He wanted a family, and her father thought maybe she was too young. Her father was very involved in her life."
Read Kolinsky's entire interview here.