Simpson was on stage to sing Nine to Five as part of the tribute to Dolly Parton, one of the evening’s five honorees. Simpson ended her performance abruptly with the words “so nervous” and quickly exited the stage. The stunned audience remained silent, giving her no applause.
Simpson appeared to be crying when she and other singers in the tribute returned to the stage.
CBS will broadcast the show Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. source
Jessica Simpson at the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony (12/03/06)