Britney is now a secretary
Troubled pop star BRITNEY SPEARS landed an appearance on her favourite US sitcom HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER after the singer's agent asked the makers to create a character for her.
Spears - who will appear as doctor's receptionist Abby - is a huge fan of the show, and deemed a guest role in the series a perfect assignment at this juncture of her turbulent career.
Creator Craig Thomas admits he was ecstatic when Spears' representatives contacted him, and was left in no doubt he'd made the right decision to recruit her when she turned up for a script reading - and impressed everyone present with her acting talent and enthusiastic approach.
He says, "Britney's people ended up coming to CBS and expressing interest in our show, and we were thrilled. ‘Britney Spears watches our show!'
"They said she was looking for a small part on a funny show, and she checked out our show and liked it. They were really receptive to the idea of bringing Britney in and just doing a funny role for her. It all came together really quickly - it was kind of shocking.
"She seemed to have a great time, and we had a great time working with her.
It was just like really a normal table read."
Spears will shoot her scenes this week with the episode scheduled for broadcast on US cable channel CBS on 24 March.
Meanwhile, BATMAN ROBIN star ALICIA SILVERSTONE is laughing off reports she pulled out of a role in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER after learning she'd be appearing opposite BRITNEY SPEARS.
But Silverstone's publicist Elizabeth Much insists the actress' links to the TV show ended long before Spears' name was even mentioned.
She explains, "Alicia was in discussions to do the show but the deal never went through. This happens all of the time in Hollywood. It had nothing to do with Britney."
Spears will play a secretary to actor Josh Radner's character Ted when the episode airs in America later this year (08).