Britney Spears’ Manager is “Livid” After Watching Glee Tribute (VIDEOS)

I don’t know. I watched last night’s Glee tribute to Brtiney Spears and didn’t find it insulting to the X Factor judge.  Sure, the show used the pop star’s 2008 meltdown as a jumping off point to tell a story, but in the end, I thought it emphasized Britney’s triumph over adversity.

In the episode, Glee club member, Brittany (Heather Morris) has a breakdown that pretty much parallels Spears’ complete with cheeto eating, attempted head shaving, paparazzi attacking and the on-stage trainwreck.  But in the end, Brittany pulls herself up after hitting rock bottom–just like Britney.

Nevertheless, Access Hollywood reporter, Billy Bush says he spoke personally with Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph who claims he had not seen or heard about the episode before it aired on FOX last night.

Billy said, “I can tell you that Britney’s manager, Larry, is livid. He’s not happy.”  Oops.

Britney had approval over the first tribute Glee did in Season 2. She also appeared in a cameo. This time, co-creator Ryan Murphy did his thing without input from Team Britney. Personally, I think the second tribute had more substance and better storytelling.

By the way FOX PULLED the “Gimme More” video from the official Glee On Fox You Tube channel. I posted a super-ghetto version that I found below, just to give you an idea of what’s pissing Britney’s camp off.

Watch Billy’s report below

http://youtu.be/n7Jv5A5TRPI

And watch Brittany sing “Gimme More” while having an onstage meltdown that mirrors the Britney Spears MTV Music Awards debacle from a few years ago..  Britney fans…are you insulted?

http://youtu.be/C4NjrHyMJT8

 

 

  • idolgleek92

    Sure, the show used the pop star’s 2008 meltdown as a jumping off point to tell a story, but in the end, I thought it emphasized Britney’s triumph over adversity

    I agree 100% MJ. It was also made very clear (as it was in Glee’s first Britney episode) that Brittany S. Pierce idolizes Britney and that the club thinks very highly of her. I thought last night’s episode conveyed that Britney is indeed back on top. And the whole thing was funny. I’ve read a lot of comments and seen a lot of Glee+Britney Spears fans who had no issue with it and thought it was hilarious. 

    Seems like a whole something out of nothing to me.

  • Garrett Clayman

    I am not a glee fan but a huge britney spears and have seen glee before. it was more insulting than i thought it would be, but i agree in the end they turned it around.

  • jlscott13

    I did not find it insulting one bit. I’m a huge Glee and Britney fan. I thought it was great, and I agree w/ you MJ. It was meant to emphasize her comeback, not to insult her.

  • http://twitter.com/pieceoflime Jen

    The majority of Britney fans were disgusted by the episode. The whole thing was shady, rude and disrespectful. You can’t spend the whole episode basically making fun of the darkest time of her life and add a 5 second “Oh, but she’s doing better now y’all” line at the end of the episode and act like all’s fine and well and that it was meant as a positive thing. 

  • idolgleek92

    It wasn’t a 5 second thing. Sam and Brittany had an entire conversation and scene to themselves in the auditorium talking about it, and then it followed up with another scene showing exactly how Brittany was going to “come back.” 

    Also, I really don’t think Glee was trying to insult or make fun of Britney’s life. Cause you know, at the same time, Britney Spears is the only artist in the world that Glee has dedicated an entire episode of music to twice. I think it’s safe to say they’re big fans. It’s a comedy show. They played it for comedy, not to insult her. 

  • alt28023

    As a fan of neither the show nor Ms Spears, I found it hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/pieceoflime Jen

    Their conversation was very short and so was the entire comeback portion of the show in the big scheme of things.  

    They only did the second tribute because the FOX executives pressured them into doing it because of X Factor. The first tribute was done because so many fans demanded it. Even the first tribute had some shady lines here and there, but this second one took the cake. I think it’s very clear after these episode that Ryan Murphy is NOT a Britney fan. 

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, I think some people are just looking for an excuse to be insulted.  I watched the episode and didn’t see anything insulting towards Britney.  Hell, if anything they made it clear how Britney overcame her problem past to succeed.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Nevertheless, Access Hollywood reporter, Billy Bush says he spoke personally with Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph who claims he had not seen or heard about the episode before it aired on FOX last night.

    O rly? Back in May, it was reported that the Britney episode would happen. Even if Glee execs never went through with their stated intention to try to get Ms. Spears to appear in the episode, surely her manager reads the press about his client and could have picked up the phone.

    It seems the first Britney Spears tribute in 2010 happened because a person on her management team started a fan movement to tweet Ryan Murphy (source). (He’s identified in the article as her manager, but that was Rudolph’s role even then, and this Leber dude is clearly still on her team, from his recent tweets.) 

  • WestiesRule

    I thought it was hysterical. You can’t hide the past and it wasn’t rude. One should embrace rising from the ashes.

  • milwlovesadam

    Three little words: Get Over It.

    A full hour of prime time publicity???

    Most stars would literally kill for that.

    Oh. Wait. Make that 2 hours of prime time face time on the same night and the same channel.

    How is that even remotely bad?

  • harvestmoon

    This smells like one of Simon Cowell’s publicity stunts to me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not a fan of Britney at all, but I also thought that Glee went over the line in mocking Britney’s mental breakdown. Mental illness isn’t funny or something to be ridiculed.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    I wouldn’t doubt that Team Britney is genuinely unhappy about the Glee episode. Sure, they mentioned that she triumphed over adversity, but her team would probably prefer not to remind everyone about the details of her darkest days at all. If they could completely scrub the internet of the head-shaving, umbrella-wielding, stumbling-through-Gimme-More Britney, they would in a heartbeat. But not only can they not do that, they have to deal with a nationally televised show devoted to their client’s antics in the throes of mental illness. Her team has worked really hard to push how “normal” Britney is now. They probably don’t even wanting you thinking about the conservatorship that is still in place or notice how she doesn’t seem to do interviews by herself, and that’s the “recovered” Britney. She had a breakdown and lost custody of her children. So I can see how Britney’s people wouldn’t lightly brush off that time in her life being dredged up once more. It probably also ticks them off that it was a FOX show and that she did a cameo on Glee in the past. Her team probably thought that would afford her a little more protection.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I don’t think we get to decide if we are Insulted or not. That is reserved for Britney. It’s her life, and her dark, humiliating time that was used in the episode. She, not the fans of glee, nor her manager, gets to decide if she felt hurt or embarrassed by the show. If she did, I can respect that. If she didn’t, her manager should shut it.

  • jennyl2

    I like Brittney’s songs and think she’s an amazing singer but I don’t follow her history so when I watched Glee, I only thought they were portraying what a person under severe depression would go through. Which seems very genuine.  The most important message was she pulled herself up again. I think I respect her more now that I know what she’s been through. There is nothing humiliating about falling down. It’s what normal humans do. The episode did introduce me to Everytime, which just became one of my most fav songs. Been listening to Brittney’s original version on repeat since Tuesday. :)

  • jeffreyd95821

    Didn’t they take a swipe at Lindsay Lohan and she ended up being on the show anyway? Nobody asked Britney how she feels about this and there’s no way her manager didn’t know they were doing this episode. 

  • Garrett Clayman

    everytime is an awesome song, she used to perform it live on the piano and would KILL IT 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Nobody asked Britney how she feels about this

    How do you know? Maybe her manager is speaking for Britney. Britney signed over the rights to some of her music to Glee, but that doesn’t mean she expected them to use the low points of her life for a story line.  

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I thought it was mean spirited and I felt very uncomfortable watching it. Britney’s management may have known they were doing another show using her songs, but it is highly doubtful to me that they were offered and approved the script. This was hardly a ‘tribute’. It was a series of very cheap shots.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    In the context of humor, the Britney parts were somewhat painful because Brittany was experiencing it.

  • mjsbigblog

     Britney’s team will never be able to erase the past, so why not embrace it? Her fellow judge, Demi Lovato, has been very outspoken about her own meltdown and battles with depression, and I think has served as an inspiration.

    The difference may be that while Demi is recovered, Britney is not well yet. Which opens up a whole nother can of worms I’m not going to deal with in this comment. I’ll just say I continue to question the wisdom of shoving somebody in the public eye that is still so sick, she only has the rights of a young child.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    What Glee did is no more insulting than the people closest to her (her manager, her father, Simon Cowell, soon to be creepy husband, the network, ptb at XFactor) exploiting and using an obviously sick and still emotionally impaired human being to make money and generate ratings for THEM. For their financial interests.  No regard it seems for her emotional well being. No regard for her dignity or pride or privacy. Just shove the golden goose out there, whether she’s ready or not, whether she can sing or not, whether she really wants to or not *snort* — WE GOTS TO GET PAID!! Her manager is the biggest hypocrite of them all. How rich of this parasite to claim to be ‘livid’. Rudolph is the one who basically shoved her back out on that abomination of a tour where it was evident she was a drugged up, lifeless lackluster lip synching mess. I can’t be so bothered to give a damn about his feelings when it’s so evident Britney’s aren’t being considered. 

  • Holden17C

    I was insulted that they wasted another full Glee episode with lousy Britney Spears music.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree that embracing how a person has recovered from mental illness can serve as an inspiration to others, and Demi being publicly candid about her struggles in order to help others who may be in similar situations is admirable. However, that is very different from a television show ridiculing the mental illness and recovery process for laughs, which is why I think that Glee went too far. And whether or not a person has recovered doesn’t change the fact that mental illness is not funny and should not be ridiculed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    None of that is right, especially if Britney is being exploited, but that doesn’t change the fact that mental illness is not funny and shouldn’t be ridiculed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I place the blame squarely at the feet of those closest to her – those charged and given court authority to see after her well being. Yeah , right.  She IMO should never  have been put into such intense high profile public ventures , like touring, CD promotion, national television with a weekly audience of millions –  thus exposing her and her situation to analysis and  ridicule, until her mental and emotional stability was stronger. Remember she basically has no rights, or say in her life. Her father and manager and others are the ones making the decisions that expose her in ways that IMO aren’t doing her any favors. I can’t muster any special anger at Glee for seizing an opportunity to exploit her for ratings. I’m not saying I agree with it, nor am I absolving them of anything.  They are just following the precedent that has been set by those who supposedly care for her and have HER best interests at heart. *snort*

  • mjsbigblog

    And whether or not a person has recovered doesn’t change the fact that mental illness is not funny and should not be ridiculed.

      That’s where we disagree. I didn’t feel Glee was “ridiculing” mental illness.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I feel ya. I do. I have long been disgusted by the whole Britney saga after her big breakdown in 2008. The actions of her father and manager to basically begin pimping her out almost immediately after she left the psych ward was stomach turning. They haven’t let up yet in their pursuit to wring every last dollar they can out of her, regardless her mental or emotional state. I felt so sad and sorry for her during her last CD cycle and tour, when it was obvious she was so drugged up and robotlike in interviews and in concert, barely moving onstage and lipsynching it all. She has ‘dead eyes’, and needs more time to heal – not more face time in front of a cruel, intrusive, trainwreck gossip loving media and public more interested in betting on and watching for signs of the next meltdown, as opposed to her next hit on Billboard.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with all of what you wrote, and everything that has happened, including how Britney seems to be uncomfortable as a judge on the X-Factor, makes me feel badly for her as a person (no matter how much money she has). Just because she is surrounded by people who are exploiting her doesn’t mean that Glee needed to follow their lead. I think that it showed a severe lack of sensitivity on Ryan Murphy’s part, but then again, he’s never impressed me as being particularly sensitive to the feelings of others.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I didn’t feel Glee was “ridiculing” mental illness.”

    Perhaps you didn’t feel that way, but I think that a lot of people felt that was happening, otherwise why this?

    “By the way FOX PULLED the “Gimme More” video from the official Glee On Fox You Tube channel.”

  • bridgette12

    I agree, I think Glee was just taking something that actually happened to one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and simply built a story around it for their show. I would think Britney and her management would have been more upset about what SNL or late night talk shows have said about her  in the past, then what Glee did. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     You must not be as cynical as me when it comes to expectations regarding human behavior – and the ability of humans with money or power willing to put the ambition to increase them singularly or in tandem to ‘do the right thing’ when faced with opportunities to do so… I despair of anyone in the upper echelons of power in the music or entertainment business (or TPTB’S) being so altruistic or ethical, lol… they are out to make money. Period. The ends justify whatever means they employ to make those Benjamins. If they have to use obviously emotionally impaired and mentally unstable pop singers to get that money, they don’t care – her handlers, in her lack of having control over her own life and decision making,  have the right to ultimately refuse offers. It is clear to me what they are all about.

  • mjsbigblog

    Perhaps you didn’t feel that way, but I think that a lot of people felt that was happening, otherwise why this?

    No doubt other people felt that way, or this post wouldn’t exist. 
    My point is that IMO I DON’T AGREE. And as you can tell from the comments in this post, I’m not the only one.  If Glee got a ton of flack from Brit’s fans and/or her management, they probably felt it was easier to just take it down.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Oh, I’m about as cynical and skeptical person as you could know, so I’m not surprised that this is happening to Britney at all. I just feel that it’s wrong, no matter how many people are doing it, just on principle and from a humane point of view, even though I know that it’s happening and will continue to happen to her and others. It’s just sad, all around.

    And, as they say, cynicism is the last refuge of the idealist. ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sorry, MJ. Didn’t mean to disrespect your opinion.

  • Montavilla

    I agree, I think Glee was just taking something that actually happened to one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and simply built a story around it for their show. I would think Britney and her management would have been more upset about what SNL or late night talk shows have said about her  in the past, then what Glee did.

    Disclaimer:  I haven’t seen the episode yet, and can’t for another week.

    I watched the “Gimme More” video MJ posted, and, without more context, it looked mean-spirited.  But I’ve realized that the Glee videos can appear different when viewed within the show, so I’m not going to hold onto that opinion.

    But I think it might be more hurtful to Britney and her people because this was the second time they’d “honored” her with a tribute, and there was a relationship.  It may have felt like they’d built some trust with Murphy and Co., which was then turned around for laughs.  To put it in high-school terms, it was like Britney made friends with the Glee club, only to find out they were really just snickering at her behind her back. 

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    I have mixed feelings about Britney’s life now…I think being in the public eye might exacerbate her issues, but just because a person has mental problems doesn’t mean he/she shouldn’t be allowed to work, and her job before all this happened was performing/touring/appearances/etc. People with “regular” jobs have breakdowns, get better, go back to work and no one says, hey, you should be living on your parents’ couch instead of trying to function in society. Why shouldn’t Britney be able to go back to her job now that she’s recovered somewhat? On the other hand, there’s a lot of pressure and scrutiny that goes along with fame and there are other ways for her to occupy her time besides being a recording artist or a having a judging gig that requires her to go on national TV. But then, years of child support payments and a lifetime of treatment are not cheap, so maybe Britney resuming her celebrity lifestyle instead of retiring from public view affords her the very best, in terms of medical care, and it means the best schools/houses/opportunities for her children. And her parents might benefit financially, too, but it might not be their primary motivation in getting Britney back in showbiz.

  • Axxxel

    I don’t mind Glee showing the meltdown when it comes to “almost” shaving the head and the umbrella… ( if I were a celebrity I would also feel the urge to hit paperazzi with an umbrella at times)… I even felt more sympathy for the real Britney Spears after watching that scene…

    But the re-enacted “Gimme More” was too much…
    They could just have chosen another song from Britney Spears and do the lazy lipsync/Cheetos chips  incident anyway, and with Brittany dressed in another way…

  • Axxxel

    In other words…No one can be trusted…even if they have the best intentions… Better have someone representing the artist, present on the Glee set when Glee is shooting a tribute of that artist…

  • Axxxel

    Am not a Britney Spears fan, but I can sort of empathize as an Adam Lambert fan… I still remember how I felt annoyed every time interviewers or TV programs were still referring to his debacle performance at the AMA’s….

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Britney is likely hurt by Glee’s action because, as some have suggested, she has a relationship of sorts with them and didn’t feel that they would use that relationship to make fun of her.  Which is what they sort of did, based on the clips I’ve seen.

    I don’t think we can compare Demi’s situation to Britney’s.  While they have similar backgound through their teenage years, Demi’s path isn’t complicated as Britney’s.  Looking back, Britney was on a dark road for years, with the quickie marriage-annulment, the failed nuptials to Kevin Federline, having children in quick succession, and several calls for the ambulance to come take her to the hospital.  And on top of all that, Britney was a lot more popular than Demi at her pinnacle, make the fall much worse.

    Being an X-Factor judge is a good way for Britney to make money without expectations of recording music and putting together a major tour.  That takes tons of energy, and it’s debatable whether Britney can hold it together for that anymore.  But that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t work.  She probably has to, with child support and other expenses.  Being at a table surrounded by others who can cover for her if necessary is helping Britney.  It’s a controlled environment for the most part.

    Discussing mental illness is a delicate topic, and when it’s done by a show that doesn’t have much in the way of sensitivity, you have to expect fallout. It’s not something that is embraced, but rather accepted and controlled as much as possible.  Whether that’s what is happening for Britney, who can really say?  We can only hope she’s found some peace in her life.

  • angiedb

    I hated this episode. I was a huge Glee fan during the first season and since then, Murphy has just made it worse. I thought things were looking up a little bit after the season premiere, but then this episode happened. I spent the entire show cringing and/or rolling my eyes. Also, I liked Brittany much better when she was given one funny line per episode, if that. Now, they give her so many lines to overplay her “stupid” that it’s just beyond annoying. Also, how many more times are they going to have Brittany mention “scissoring?” I don’t know, Ryan Murphy has accomplished ruining one of my once favorite shows. Oh, I know I don’t have to watch, but I was just trying to give it another chance because of how much I used to love it. Oh, well, more free time on Thursday evenings. lol 

  • sjames08

    Imagine your most embarrassing moment. Now, picture it as if it happened in front of the whole world. That’s how Britney could be feeling after the episode. I think that this is more of a personal thing. A human thing to feel for Britney’s camp. As humans, we’re always trying to move on from the past that weren’t as great. And a lot of us will feel the need to forget about any embarrassing moments. Even if as a joke, it can hit that potential feeling of negativity in us. That’s probably why Britney’s manager was livid. He’s only trying to protect Britney. And because she’s in conservatorship, that means that she can react in a way where it can cause a negative full circle on her life. 

  • Chris

    I thought the Cheeto scene went a bit far considering poor Arnie had Cheetos and orange pop in the back of his wheelchair.

  • Montavilla

    Am not a Britney Spears fan, but I can sort of empathize as an Adam Lambert fan… I still remember how I felt annoyed every time interviewers or TV programs were still referring to his debacle performance at the AMA’s….

    Heh.  Now imagine what it would be like if Glee decided to parody THAT moment on their show.  Maybe they’d have Darren Criss running around grinding his crouch into people’s faces during Nationals…..

    Hehe. :-P

  • bridgette12

    It’s a television show and a business, not a personal relationship. Glee took what happened to her and applied to one of their characters. As for people snickering behind her back, she should be use to it by now. For quite a few years, she was a joke. People laughed at her for her bad lip sync performances on some top award shows, her hillybilly attire and the crazy and weird things she she has done in the past. That’s hard to forget and as long as she has no control over the decisions made about her life and her career, people are going to assume that there is something is mentally wrong with her that she needs a guardian to make decisions she can’t make for herself. It is what it is and you can’t erase the past. 

  • Montavilla

    It’s a television show and a business, not a personal relationship. Glee took what happened to her and applied to one of their characters. As for people snickering behind her back, she should be use to it by now.

    It’s not personal for us.  There’s a difference between “people” snickering about Britney and people’s she’s worked with doing it.  

    I don’t have any strong feelings about Britney Spears either way.  But I can feel for her as a person, even if her celebrity makes her fair game for ridicule.  And I can see how, after she was presented as an inspiration and upheld as a strong female artist on the first tribute, and after she probably made much of by the cast and crew when she filmed her segment, it would feel like a real slap in the face to be made fun of for her weakest moments in “Brittany 2.0.”

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    The whole episode reeked of desperation to me, but can you expect anything less from Ryan Murphy at this point? He said himself he wanted to do another Britney tribute “simply because it was a big hit,” that alone is tacky enough.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Ratings ploy!

  • dreamr23

    “Personally, I think the second tribute had more substance and better storytelling.”

    You and I both. I actually didn’t watch the episode until last night because I figured it would just be another boring tribute episode. Imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed it!

    I didn’t think it was anywhere near as bad as some people are saying, in regards to Britney’s breakdown. I took it all as just paralleling Brittany/Britney as glee did with the first tribute, and not that it was “mocking” Britney at all.

    I also loved all of the songs used and the arrangements (You Drive Me Crazy/Crazy was my favorite). :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Am not a Britney Spears fan, but I can sort of empathize as an Adam
    Lambert fan… I still remember how I felt annoyed every
    time interviewers or TV programs were still referring to his debacle
    performance at the AMA’s….”

    I’m not a Britney fan, but I am a casual Adam fan, and I don’t think that Adam’s actions (which were a conscious choice and fair game for criticism) can be compared to the actions of someone having a mental breakdown due to mental illness.

  • Axxxel

    yeah, true…I would be more that pissed if they would…
    but I would prefer Chord Overstreet running around… hehehe… *shallow*