Joe Simpson Swears Jessica & Ash Are In Control

Joe Simpson is working overtime these days to counter all the bad press that paints him out to be this super-controlling, money-hungry, sell-his-daughters'-souls-to-the-tabs dad/manger.

"The media says that I try to plan everything - If I had half of the power they give me," Joe told Extra. "They [Ashlee and Jessica] don't call me and ask me. They call me and tell me. For all those people thinking I'm sipping Pina Coladas on the beach and enjoying millions of dollars and having this great life -- Bull..I work seven days a week, 24/7."

As for his daughters' current relationships, Papa Joe says his girls are just peachy. Jessica is "as happy as I've seen her in years," he said of her tumultuous pairing with Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. "He's a great guy. I love Tony to death...He's just a good kid..."

And what about pregnant newlywed daughter Ashlee's taste in men?  "I love Pete to death...He has a patient spirit and a kind heart...I'm honored to have Pete as my son-in-law."

Notice how he keeps saying "love them to death"?

Do you guys think Joe gets a bad rap?

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