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Posted at 6:16 AM ET, 01/ 4/2008

Morning Mix: Spears Hospitalized After Custody Standoff

By Liz Kelly

Britney Spears is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance outside her Beverly Hills home on Thursday evening. (AP/KCBS-TV)

Headlines: Britney Spears and son rushed to hospital after handing kids over to K-Fed... Earlier the same day, Spears finally appeared for custody case deposition... Nickelodeon not yanking Jamie Lynn Spears's "Zoey 101"... Despite doughnut generosity, striking writers miffed with Jay Leno... He is legend: Johnny Depp was 2007 box office champ... Rewards points can buy time with celebs... Dane Cook bores Laugh Factory audience for record seven hours... Kanye West credits Connect Four ("Pretty sneaky sis.") with helping him get past his mother's death... Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds to legalize wedding in U.S... Play (aka Christopher Martin of Kid n' Play) injured in car chase... Amy Winehouse's husband voted Britain's most "witless" male celebrity... Judge says neighbors don't have enough info to sue Leonardo DiCaprio... Musician Stephen Stills recovering from prostate cancer surgery... Gary Coleman selling his pants on eBay.

Lindsay Lohan, captured on tape, falls off (and back on) the sobriety wagon on New Year's Eve in Capri. (AP/

Rumor Mill: Pam Anderson proceeds with divorce from Rick Salomon... Sex tape scandal for Vivica Fox?... "Idol" winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard dropped by record label... Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony expecting one boy and one girl?... Spears cousin Alli Sims scores reality show.

By Liz Kelly  | January 4, 2008; 6:16 AM ET
Categories:  Britney Spears, Daily Mix  
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Let's all think back to happier times, shall we, like January 2, a little before 11 a.m., when the Celebritology headline said, "2008: A Good Year for Britney -- So Far".

Nice going, Liz Kelly. You're like the Howard Carter of celebrities. (And you have Sharon, Nina, Emma and Agnes ticked over your shots at Katie yesterday, too.)

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

You have to wonder how long it will be before Fox broadcasts an all-Britney episode of "Cops."

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"Taylor [Hicks] is going to record his next album on his own," said a label rep. "He is no longer on the J Records roster."

Thank goodness there's still, eh, kids?

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I just hope that they do commit her and get her some kind of help. I was horrified to read that little Jayden was also taken to the hospital by ambulance - I hope that she didn't hurt him...

Amy winehouse's husband is the most witless male celeb? Um, yeah.

Alli Sims reality show? How can you do a reality show where the folks involved have no relationship with reality???

Posted by: sunnydaze | January 4, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

What's it going to take for the judge to award full custody to K-Fed? I mean, really.

Posted by: surlychick | January 4, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Dane Cook, don't you have to be funny to be a comedian?

Posted by: Zamora | January 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Gary Coleman's pants are on eBay! Too bad Christmas was just here, but now I know what my best friend is getting next year.

Posted by: Magnolia | January 4, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Alli Sims Reality Show - Because in this family its only a matter of time until they do something that will peak ratings.

I'm surprised they havent given the Spears brother a reality show yet.

Posted by: sjcpeach | January 4, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Britney. I don't have anything funny to say. Get your s**t together, girl!

Posted by: h3 | January 4, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

She's worse than a train wreck.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"[D]on't you have to be funny to be a comedian?"

Two words: Emo Phillips
One word: Gallagher

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the train wreck known as Britney continues its sad journey to the end....
In which chapter of your on-hold parenting book do you cover your children's downward spirals, Mama Spears?

Posted by: pnina | January 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ten words: Pauly "Get The F*** Off The Stage, You Tool!" Shore

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Okay, seriously. Look at that photo of Britney. Do you realize that some photographer was up in a tree or hanging from a rafter somewhere to get that shot? I don't mean this as an accusation, Liz, but as a genuine question. Do you ever wonder if you're contributing to this insanity -- to this woman's poor mental health -- by publishing these kinds of pictures?

I know the common retort: "She brought it on herself." Well, I think we can all agree that she is past the point of making conscious choices. If somebody's hanging from a tree to snap you on your way to the hospital -- and **no one thinks twice about it** -- well then we're talking about a situation that has gotten much bigger than her and her mistakes.

Clearly, Britney Spears has been having psychological troubles. Whatever the basis, there is NO WAY that these photographers are not responsible for making those troubles much, much worse. Even if you believe that she brought it on herself, does that give them license to add to the problem??

All I'm asking is that people _think_ when they see a photo like this. Think about what it's doing to the "target."

Posted by: Georgetown | January 4, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Dane Cook has been boring me since his career started. Most notably the performance during the VMAs a couple years back. The Laugh Factory just caught up.

I picked Pete Dougherty as the most witless the cat on crack thing put him over the top IMO.

Gary Coleman's pants on eBay, I smell a bidding war.

Since Hollywood is just handing out reality shows, we should pitch the a celebritology reality show someone suggested a while back. Regular posters and lurkers get filmed for a week.

Posted by: petal | January 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

tmz is blocked from work... do they have any more insight than what is here already? Poor Britney. Poor kids. I hope someone is finally able to get through to her, but I have thought many times throughout this whole escapade that she has finally hit bottom, she just keeps digging further.

Posted by: RiverCityRoller | January 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow - can you imagine being a toddler in the middle of that chaos? Will they even live long enough to go into therapy?

Posted by: Kris | January 4, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Weep not for Mr. Hicks. There's money to be made in knock off covers of classic songs for car commercials.

Posted by: MoCoSnarky | January 4, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

My understanding was that the picture was taking by a local news helocopter. And as far as local news goes, if there had been cops called and a 3 hour stand off over a custody dispute had ended with one of the parents and one of the minor children going to the hospital in a random neighborhood with random people here, our local news would have covered it.

Posted by: MGC | January 4, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I agree to some point with Georgetown... I think the paparazzi and the media keep the flame under her to continually make her crazy. But she can also take matters into her own hands and find a secluded town (rehab in Utah, perhaps?) where can cool off and get the medical attention she needs.

Posted by: xtine | January 4, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"Gary Coleman's pants on eBay, I smell a bidding war."

No, petal, that's just the pants.

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

You definitely don't have to write your own jokes. Looking cute and spinning around on stage seem to be enough to do the trick.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 4, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Yep, I'm definitely a loser. I thought Dane Cook was funny in "Employee of the Month". So shoot me!

Why oh why does God allow so many more Spears progeny into the human gene pool? Don't we already have WAAAAY more than enough of them thar freakazoids?

Oh, and "Gary Coleman's Pants" would be a good name for a band.

Posted by: jaybbub | January 4, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Can we assume the court appointed monitor was with Ms Spears when this all went down? Also, has anyone seen info anywhere else on JJ being taken to the hospital as well? I saw it on TMZ but not on MSN. and to think, just a couple of months ago we were wondering what Britney would need to do to permanently lose custody of her children

Posted by: jes | January 4, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

First, right on Georgetown.

Second, when does a sex tape scandal cease to be a scandal? After the 547th celebrity sex tape scandal, and myriad "amateur" porn sites on the net, hasn't the sex tape ceased to titillate?

Posted by: RKC | January 4, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow, she made it not even three full days before a total breakdown. New record? I'm suprised it's taken this long for her to finally be mentally evaluated. I would assume she is going to be diagnosed with at least depression and possibly more, like bi-polar.

Apparently Mizz Lohan hasn't changed all that much. Looking forward to another fun year with here.

Posted by: EricS | January 4, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

for the past 2 mornings, my local news has been limited to a highway shutdown due to construction, roving reporters at different parts of the city covering this "big story", but this morning they actually reported on the Iowa Caucus and Britney. Guess which one received more air time?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse


I'm there with you on Gallagher and Pauly Shore. Don't know who Emo Phillips is.

You know there was a pungent odor to the bidding war smell. You may have something there. I'm trying to figure out when the pants were worn. During the height of his career, the stint on celebreality or just an average day? The answer has bearing on the opening bid.

Posted by: petal | January 4, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen anything else saying that Jayden was taken to the hospital, but here on the Post there is a slide show article that appears to show Sean Preston in his car seat alone - I mean, you know, without his brother next to him - not that he is alone, poor little guy.

Posted by: sunydaze | January 4, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The court monitor needs to be fired. She was in the car when Britney blew through a stop sign. Nothing. She was around when Britney was drunk around the kids yesterday. Nothing. She was supposed to have a copy of the papers with her so the police could enter. Oops, darn forgot them.

The judge needs to step up and take away Brit's visitation rights again. Not for just a week this time either. It is quite clear she has no intention of following any court order. So, he needs to demand several MONTHS of responsible behavior from her before even considering letting those children near her again.

Face it, if she were back in Louisiana in the trailer park where she belongs, the child welfare agency would have already taken the kids and instituted neglect proceedings.

Posted by: ep | January 4, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

10:52 - are you in Pittsburgh? It sounds like you're watching WPXI's anchors having kittens over the bridge work on Boulevard Of The Allies.

(If you'd quoted one of the anchors as saying, "Now check this out - breaking video of Britney...," then I'd have known for sure.)

Posted by: byoolin | January 4, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Federtots -- love that! Jayden (can we lose the middle name yet?) was taken for precautionary reasons because she locked herself in the room with him when the court ordered person was putting Sean in the car. Per the E! story.

And Brit's in the "special needs" section of the hospital...One can guess that she doesn't have sheets, belts, or shoelaces.

Posted by: WDC 21113 | January 4, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

One can only imagine that Brit's childhood friend and Vegas wedding prop, Jason Allen Alexander, is sitting at home, watching as his former dream girl flushes her life, and thinking to himself, "That annulment was the best thing that ever happened to me!"

Posted by: MisterBear | January 4, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Finally the Brit-plosion we'd all been waiting for, I just never thought it'd end with the kids involved.

Posted by: Bored @ home | January 4, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to say "pretty sneaky sis" made me lol. I can't see youtube from work, but I already know what the link is, it's embedded deep in my mind. I can even hear the voice.

I love when you include little asides like that that bring back weird random memories

Posted by: Rob | January 4, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

He is fabulous. I heart Johnny Depp.

Okay, LiLo looks like has more suction than a jet engine. No wonder the boys love her.

I am just relieved Britney is in a safe environment, albeit only temporarily. Having dealt for many years with a severely mentally ill woman in my neighborhood, I can tell you at least in California these 72-hour psych lockdowns are completely useless and toothless. The sociopath in my neighborhood -- and she was dangerous to everyone and terrorized the neighborhood and children for years -- was put in these lockdowns at least once a week, and the cops were at her house 4,5 times a day for years. She had 2 prior felony convictions for child-related stuff and had been in prison many times. The laws are 100% in favor of the mentally ill and even the family of this woman could do NOTHING. It was absolutely unbelievable.

The point of that long diatribe is to say, I doubt anything will happen to Britney, and her family probably can't do anything either until she is declared mentally incompetent. The problem is, Brit, like the woman in my neighborhood, has money, and can always pay her bail. And eventually she'll learn to work the system and pretend to be sane so she can get out of the lockdown to start the spiral all over again.

Depressing, isn't it? I hope Brit gets herself together.

Posted by: Californian | January 4, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

From the AP story: "A horde of paparazzi chased the ambulance, their strobes going off as they held their cameras up to the vehicle's rear window.

Another group of videographers met the ambulance at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, banging on the ambulance doors."

Driving with their cameras out the window and BANGING ON THE AMBULANCE DOORS???That's pretty sick. Leave Britney alone!

Posted by: SeaTac | January 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone actually stay to listen to Dane Cook for the whole 7 hours? I'd rather spend 7 hours in the dentist's chair. It's disgraceful that he broke Richard Pryor's record to begin with. He's not fit to lick Richard Pryor's boots. I doubt Dave Chapelle would have done it if Richard Pryor had still held the record.

Posted by: Anne | January 4, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Why do people keep saying they care what happens to Britney's kids. She's rich peopl -- if the kids kick the bucket she can just buy new ones -- or better still, import them from Africa.

Posted by: red cutain | January 4, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

has anyone heard of this?.i bought miley cyrus tickets for $70 a piece on a private need to click 2 ad links and get redirected some promotional thing.. ..pretty good deal they sent me the tickets so i'm happy

Posted by: buxdog | January 5, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

wouldnt it be great just one time a paparazzi had his head run over by the

Posted by: buxfan | January 5, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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