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Rest in 'Pieces'

Ashlee Simpson says her TV show is history. The ''Pieces of Me'' singer says she's not going to emulate sister Jessica by continuing to produce her MTV show

MTV's ''The Ashlee Simpson Show'' may have catapulted the young rocker to stardom and helped push her debut album to the top of the chart, but that doesn't mean she wants to continue being an MTV reality star like big sister Jessica, of ''Newlyweds'' fame. ''Jessica may be happy having cameras in her life 24/7, but not me,'' she tells Blender magazine in an interview in the September issue. ''It's not natural; it ain't healthy.'' The show's eight-episode first season, whose finale aired this week, will also be its last, she says. ''I think a second series would drive me crazy.''

The 19-year-old says the show, which chronicled the recording of her CD ''Autobiography,'' was strictly a promotional tool. ''This show is simply to introduce me and my album to the public. Once I've done that, that's it. See ya!'' In fact, the show has done its job very well; ''Autobiography'' debuted on the Billboard chart at No. 1, where it has stayed for two of the last three weeks, and it's sold some 950,000 copies, according to SoundScan. (''The Ashlee Simpson Show'' has certainly done more for Ashlee's record sales than ''Newlyweds'' has done for Jessica's.)

Given her popularity, MTV would surely love to air more Ashlee. Asked by EW.com to comment on the singer's announcement about the show, an MTV spokesperson would say only that nothing is set in stone.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2004
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