Monday, June 19, 2006

Two Publicists Are Not, In Fact, Better Than One

Well, Felt Up called it: In the rehash of the now-infamous Britney Spears Interview Of Shame with Matt Lauer, I wondered where her p.r. team was during this debacle--and today's Page Six has the answer:
BRITNEY Spears needs guidance.

"Dateline" staffers were shocked when they showed up with Matt Lauer to interview Spears last week and found the pop star alone in her Malibu manse.

"Neither of her publicists, Leslie Sloane Zelnick or Nanci Ryder, showed up," said our source. Spears insisted on doing her own hair and makeup - a regrettable decision. Web sites derided her hair as a "rat's nest" and, when she started crying during the interview, one of her fake eyelashes fell off.

"When [the NBC crew] got there, they thought they had the wrong day . . . During the interview, no one was there to rein things in," we're told.

Spears, when asked about Kevin Federline being with a pregnant Shar Jackson when they first met, shot back, "Julia Roberts' husband had a pregnant wife when he hooked up with Julia, but no one ever talked about that!"

Spears wore flip-flops, a see-through tank and micro-mini jeans.

Reps tried to control the damage on Friday. "They asked NBC not to release footage to places like E!," said a source.

Asked why Spears was on her own for the interview, Sloane Zelnick said, "Britney is a grown-up and makes her own decisions."

Yes, she is a grown woman and a mother who makes her own decisions. Her own terrible, misguided, insane, traaaaaashy decisions--like making K-Fed the father of her child, changing her baby's diapers on the floor of a Victoria's Secret, and doing interviews on "Dateline NBC."

Oh, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, how can you be so callous when your client is clearly crying out for help? You know better than anyone that she shouldn't be left alone for more than five seconds, or she's liable to dropkick Sean Preston into a kiddie pool filled with jell-o shots during a Barbara Walters Special. Do your job, Leslie Sloan Zelnick and/or Nanci Ryder! Keep the press away from your client when she's dressed like a meth addict on her way to buy lottery tickets from the liquor store--which is, apparently, all the time. And for god's sake, buy her a hair brush and some Clearasil!

If you missed the interview, TMZ has helpfully provided a highlights reel

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