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Posted at 7:54 AM ET, 09/11/2007

Morning Mix: Britney's Embarrassed, Y'all

By Liz Kelly

Headlines: Britney Spears "embarrassed" following VMA flop... Kevin Federline throws birthday party for boys... Jennifer Hudson signs on to "Sex and the City" movie... David Letterman sits down with Oprah Winfrey... Actress, former wife of Ronald Reagan Jane Wyman dies... Phil Spector murder case goes to jury... Actor Tom Sizemore starts serving time in California state prison.

Rumor Mill: Eve celebrated removal of alcohol-monitoring bracelet with a little champagne (5th item).

Say What?
"They exploited Britney in helping to end her career. When Britney was opening [the VMA telecast], near the end, I felt so bad for her. I said, 'Man, it's a dirty game. This game will chew you up and spit you out.'" -- Kanye West on Monday, following Spears's wobbly VMA performance

"Honestly, I really don't care. I don't give a f--k about Britney performing." -- Kanye West on Saturday, prior to Spears's performance.

By Liz Kelly  | September 11, 2007; 7:54 AM ET
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When I was in grade school, if you talked about someone as much as Kanye talks about Britney, it meant you liked the person.

I predict a slapfight between Kanye and Diddy over her.

Posted by: byoolin | September 11, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well if Kanye feels bad for her and likes her so much he should do a remix of his new song with her.

I can see the video now. Shaving her head, attacking the reporters, etc, etc, and she can sing that that don't kill me, only makes me stronger.

I think it could work. Kanye help a brother out, man.

Posted by: Irish girl | September 11, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

The idea of Britney quoting Nietzsche (in song, no less) is mind-boggling.

I'd pay to see that.

Posted by: byoolin | September 11, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

lol, Irish girl. I'd love to see that!

Basically Kanye said he didn't care about the much-hyped performance before it took place, and after he saw it, he felt bad because Brit had clearly been exploited and embarrassed. That's how I felt too. I think it makes perfect sense, so I don't know why it is a "say what?" except that Kanye, Mr. Mouth himself, said it. This is just proof that everything he says isn't complete crap.

Posted by: Anonimis | September 11, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I was half making a joke above and was half serious. If she is going to be able to come back ever, she will need the help of someone big.

Posted by: Irish girl | September 11, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Byoolin, I think Brit would be quoting Kanye, who quoted his mama, who quoted everybody else in the world, who quoted Nietzsche.

Posted by: Anonimis | September 11, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Who doesn't believe that K-Fed had his people (does he have people?) phone in that bit about the b-day party on the heel of Brit's disaster at the VMAs so that everyone would say, "Ah, yes, he appears so much more parental. Hey, give him the money-bags, I mean, babies..."?

I mean, how else would the press know about this little party? Do paps actually follow K-Fed?

Of course, I might just be cyncial...

Posted by: Anonimis | September 11, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

-I won't lie. If I had an alcohol -monitoring bracelet removed, I'll celebrate a drink too.
Get your drink on Eve and hire a driver.

-Jennifer Hudson, please don't participate in the disaster know as the SATC movie. I don't how much money their promise or how much the studio says it going to be great.
Trust me it won't be.

-Kanye West is right. Britney should have never been allowed to open the VMAs. I believe someone from the network saw the rehearsals and knew a train wreck was coming, and figured it would be great publicity for an award show that is so irrelevant most people don't even watch it live.

Posted by: Lisa1 | September 11, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Did you watch Brit's rehearsal footage? First, she should have just worn the jeans and t-shirt in the rehearsal footage for the live performance. She looked better and she moved better in the rehearsal. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it wasn't at all awful. She was actually dancing and looking loose and comfortable. Compared to the actual performance, you can tell she was going through something during the live show, or she was just high/drunk/nervous/scared.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Brit is a pretty white girl with blond hair with an unimanginative voice so if she wants to make this so called "comeback", she'd better lose 20 pounds and get her act together. Alanis and Christina were able to transition from pop princesses to serious singer/songwriters, but Brit seems to be having some issues getting past that. She only has her looks and at this rate those are going pretty fast. She needs to get herself a life coach or some therapy because she's going to be a "where are they now" by the time she is 30.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Since when was Alanis a pop princess? Wow.

Posted by: Confused | September 11, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Alanis was a pop princess in Canada WAY before Americans had ever heard of her - all we saw was her re-invented self.

Posted by: Alison in TN | September 11, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Since when was Alanis a pop princess? Wow.

You missed the point. She is a pretty white girl. So she has it made apparently.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Britney has a big career ahead of her in the Champaigne Room at Scores...

Posted by: BDWESQTM | September 11, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Off topic here. Hey all Trekkies: Did Jane Wyman play Spock's mother? I can't remember.

Posted by: POS | September 11, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Wait -- Alanis is pretty?

Posted by: ol | September 11, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, POS
You're thinking of Jane Wyatt.
Close, but no banana

Posted by: ol | September 11, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

No exploits you without you saying yes at least once. From the clips I've seen Britney looked more bored and/or stoned. Maybe if it looked like she really cared about her performance someone would give a frick. You know it's bad when the back up dancers outhustle you.

Kanye really needs to learn when to not run his mouth. He is onto something in that the labels always look to screw you in whatever way they can, but Britney either should have known that from the start or did know it and didn't care. Heck, every young rocker and hopefully most of the rappers know that the labels are crooked.

Posted by: EricS | September 11, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

i guess spears was embarrassed to the point that photos taken of her later that night showed once again the lack of underwear. she's something else.

Posted by: frieda406 | September 11, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

According to the NY Post Page Six

"On Saturday, the day before the VMAs, Spears was scheduled to arrive at rehearsal at around 1 p.m. Our spy said, "She didn't even get to Las Vegas until 4:30 p.m. It was ridiculous . . . The production people at MTV were freaking out . . . Nobody can tell Britney what to do anymore. No one can control her. She is a mess."
To make matters worse, when she arrived in Vegas, Spears didn't go straight to rehearsals.
"She went to her hotel room and ordered a bunch of food and some frozen margaritas," the spy said. "She came down, like, an hour later with a frozen margarita in her hand."
When Spears preformed on Sunday, she stumbled a couple times and couldn't remember the words she was lip-syncing. She covered her mouth at one point but by the end of the song had simply given up any pretense of singing.
"The dance number was spectacular - without her," said our spy at rehearsal. "When the stand-in was rehearsing with the dancers, in the hours they were all waiting for her, it was amazing. Then Britney showed up and refused to do anything. The dancers were supposed to lift and twirl her in the air a few times, and that just wasn't going to happen. The more complicated dance moves had to be erased because she couldn't do them."
Meanwhile, Spears was agitated because she didn't like the outfit MTV had selected for her.
"MTV wanted her to wear a corset outfit. It would have looked great and covered a lot of things up, but she hated it and didn't think it was sexy enough."
Instead, Spears changed into a spangly bra-and-underwear outfit she'd brought with her that emphasized her weight gain over the last year.
MTV execs weren't the only ones worried about Spears' impending debacle. Another spy said, "The dancers were"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Britney quote Nietzsche?? Yeah, right.

Brit-Brit wouldn't recognize the words of Friedrich Nietzsche if she awoke in Vegas to find them tattooed on her cottage cheese butt.

Posted by: MisterBear | September 11, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

so - reading from the blow by blow above - it's hard to find a whole lot of fault with the 'system' spitting brit out. after the grease stained dress episode - i find it more likely this is just more example of her doing it to herself.
now the quesion is - can brit transition from popstarlette to 'walking trainwreck superstar' without a show on E! and marrying an octagenarian. I fear we're going to find out.

Posted by: Quintilus Varus | September 11, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Britney has become Fat Bloated Vegas Elvis without the voice.

Speaking of another trainwreck, wonder if Sizemore's time in jail will do him any good? I'd much rather see him make a comeback than Britney.

As for this whole "comeback" thing, don't you have to have actually left the public eye in order to make a "comeback?"

Last I checked, Britney didn't do that.

Posted by: Bored @ home | September 11, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd say this, but I feel bad for Brit. She really needs a NORMAL person give her advise on EVERYTHING. Basically she needs a "common sense" advisor. After all this, I actually really want to see Brit show everyone and do a drastic overhaul and get her act together... own the short hair, dress preppy not sluutty, move to the east coast or something. She just needs better advise... she lives in la-la land.

Posted by: mango | September 11, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Brit-Brit wouldn't recognize the words of Friedrich Nietzsche if she awoke in Vegas to find them tattooed on her cottage cheese butt.

Anyone can say the words if they are in a Kanye song!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking back to that wonderful time called the 80s. Does it seem to everyone else, at least those of us who grew up in the 80s, that bad star behavior was more acceptable or perhaps over looked?

You know the days when Sean Penn tied Maddonna to a chair or the Brat Pack ran wild.

Posted by: Irish girl | September 11, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Irish Girl: at the end of the day (during the 80s) after the "bad star behavior" was done, I always had the impression that there was some semblance of intelligence behind Sean Penn's, Madonna's, and the Brat Pack's eyes.

Britney reminds me too much of that quote from Quint in Jaws:
"The thing about a shark, it's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When it comes at you it doesn't seem to be livin'"

Disney animatronics are more lively than Britney's VMA performance.

Posted by: Ken | September 11, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Brit-Brit wouldn't recognize the words of Friedrich Nietzsche if she awoke in Vegas to find them tattooed on her cottage cheese butt."

"Anyone can say the words if they are in a Kanye song!!"

And everywhere else... Who hasn't heard that quote?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

irishgirl, its not that the behavior was more acceptable its just that without the internet, it died pretty quickly. Does anyone remember Rob Lowe's sex romp with an underage girl? Back then there was only Entertainment Tonight and a handful of magazines. Now there's several entertainment shows, probably 3-4 times as many magazines and who knows the number of websites. And now, bored people like us get to make snarky comments. God, isn't this world great?!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember as many 80s stars doing things over and over again in short periods of time like some of the people have been. Some of the people today are just stupid. (I still don't understand why Paris thought it was OK to drive with a suspended license)

And I think my biggest issue with Britney is that she can be a trainwreck all she wants, but I remember her talking about how she wanted to get pregnant with at least Sean Preston and so knowing that she made a decision like that, and then continues on this trainwreck path means she gets no sympathy.

Posted by: MGC | September 11, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Tom Sizemore will make a comeback. He likes Robert Downey. A dependable actor will give a director his all on a movie set but his real life is white hot mess.

Posted by: Lisa1 | September 11, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand all the hate against britney. yeah she bombed at the VMAs but so what? there's no reason to spew so much vitriol against her. i dont even like britney but seeing everyone pile on against her just makes me feel bad for her.

Posted by: Rockville | September 11, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Considering the fact that multiple Kanye comments have been all over gossip rags and entertainment news for the past few days, I'd say he's pulling a Donald by making insulting and "scandalous" comments to get attention for his new CD. Hopefully his CD will do better than the last couple of seasons of the Apprentice. I would not have cared 4 days ago, but his prima donna behavior makes me want to go buy 50 Cent's CD in retaliation.

Posted by: Kanye Trump | September 11, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse


When someone like Britney puts herself in the spot light and becomes a "pop-star" like she did in her early years, she becomes a role model whether she likes it or not. Kids looked up to her, wanted to be her. The same w/Paris. If it's okay for her to drive around drunk on a suspended license why isn't it okay for a normal citizen? Do you see my point? If you are going to put ourself out there for millions to see, it should be in a positive light not a negative train-wreck one.

Posted by: Sharon | September 11, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Britney was exploited? Give me a break. She didn't have to go our there and make a fool of herself. Maybe she got a dose of reality and will start to listen to some common sense... one can only hope.

Posted by: Po Brit | September 11, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Here are a few things I know about role models and their affect on kids:

P.S. I loved Madonna before she become English :)

Madonna sang like a virgin when I still was one.

She wrote a song about being a pregnant teen and made it seem okay in the video; I didn't run out and get pregnant.

She wore a belt that said "boy toy" on it, I wanted one, but my mom said no.

She danced around in her underwear long before crotch shots were called accidents. Somehow I never managed to leave the house wearing lingerie.

I did have jelly bracelets and teased hair and all the other fun stuff I could finagle out of my mom, you know the keeper of my existence, my real role model.

Just Saying.

Posted by: Irishgirl | September 11, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

From Lisa1: -Kanye West is right. Britney should have never been allowed to open the VMAs. I believe someone from the network saw the rehearsals and knew a train wreck was coming, and figured it would be great publicity for an award show that is so irrelevant most people don't even watch it live.

I read this comment this a.m., and I think hit's the nail on the head: The VMAs this year were all about ridicule, and who better to open a MTV's ridicule-fest than the current Queen of Bad Decisions. So in that light, putting snarky Sarah Silverman at the helm completely makes sense, with Britney Spears strapped to the front! It's not an award show, but a buzz-generating show for MTV. For Britney, the VMAs were the absolute worst place to try to stage a "comeback." Her flubbing it up was the best thing she could have done for MTV/VMA, and I think they were hoping she would.

Posted by: rachelt | September 11, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I see no evidence whatsoever that Brit WANTS to change, wake up, get some common sense, whatever. All the help/advice in the world, no matter who it comes from, is useless if the person herself doesn't want to change. I think it's gonna get worse before it gets better (IF it gets better) ... she's heading straight down the Anna Nicole path.

Posted by: Californian | September 11, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of a better response to the Britney than this. It's about 2 min, and sound is essential.

Posted by: Falls Church | September 11, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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