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Jessica Simpson Is No Dummy! Former Brother-In-Law Pete Wentz Defends Her As 'Secret Genius'

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Apr. 17 2013, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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Jessica Simpson is known as one of this generations classic dumb blondes – how can anyone forget her infamous Chicken of the Sea tuna fish/chicken confusion? – but her ex-brother-in-law Pete Wentz says it’s all one big act.

The 33-year-old rocker and ex-husband of singer-actress Ashlee Simpson gave props to his former sister-in-law, calling the 32-year-old Dukes of Hazzard beauty the shrewd and savvy businesswoman behind her billion dollar empire.

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When Bravo’s Andy Cohen quizzed the Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter about Jessica’s well-known ditzy persona during his April 15 Watch What Happens Live show Pete was the perfect gentleman.

"She's got a multi-billion dollar company. I think she's a secret genius," he said.

Wentz, who’s currently single, even went a step further and praised Ashlee as “great mother to their son Bronx” and admitted that his overbearing former father-in-law Joe Simpson was a “great grandfather and a really good guy.”

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