AP Writes Britney's Obituary

Putting the cart before the horse, or just hedging their bets?

According to a post at Ace Showbiz,Associated Press entertainment editor Jesse Washington has confirmed to US Weekly that they have prepared Britney Spears' obituary just in case:

"We are not wishing it, but if Britney passed away, it's easily one of the biggest stories in a long time," I think one would agree that Britney seems at risk right now. Of course, we would never wish any type of misfortune on anybody, and hope that we would never have to use it until 50 years from now ...but if something were to happen, we would have to be prepared."
Now it's probably not widely well known, but a little dark secret of the journalism biz is that all news agencies have obit stories already written about most big celebs, just in case one kicks off when we least expect it. Especially broadcast television. Trying to compile all that archive footage and and still be able to get the story out in time to make it to the 10pm newscast would be difficult, even in this digitally automated age.

Elizabeth Taylor, for example, has a tribute video already in the can, just waiting for the big moment. (I'm not saying this from first-hand knowledge, mind you. I'm just sayin' that it exists.)

It's only logical that the press would want to be ready. After all, this is a Friday night in Hollywood, and the start of a three day weekend. And with Britney's recent supernova-like acceleration towards oblivion, the odds of probability naturally go up exponentially.


EDITOR'S NOTE: last year we SWORE that we would no longer waste any more ones and zeros to writing about what we like to call "the Trollop Trifecta" and yet here we are, at the end of January and we've done two posts on 2/3rds of the trio in the same day.

Translation: your editor and chief needs to be spanked.

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