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Britney Spears On The Kiss, London, President Bush

Aired September 3, 2003 - 19:49   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, Britney Spears isn't the usual topic of political discussions. I think I state the obvious there. But after her kiss with Madonna at the MTV award shows, she found herself in the crossfire of the culture wars. Spears was in Washington for tomorrow's NFL kickoff so who better to talk with her than "CROSSFIRE" co-host Tucker Carlson. Take a look.
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TUCKER CARLSON, CROSSFIRE CO-HOST: I was reading the "star." I know you haven't seen this, but in here, there's a picture of you coming out of a restaurant grabbing your stomach and it made me think are you shadowed all the time?

BRITNEY SPEARS, ENTERTAINER: Wait, what?

CARLSON: Picture of you, a stuffed Britney spears holds her stomach like anyone would after eating lunch.

SPEARS: I guess my food must have been really good for me to do that.

CARLSON: Do you see photographers following you all the time?

SPEAR: Yes. It's not all times. Kind of in L.A. There's usually a lot of photographers and stuff but when I go to London it's not as bad. It's kind of -- it's cool when I go overseas. I can escape a little bit.

CARLSON: You went there after the kiss. Give me the chronology of the kiss. How did you decide to kiss Madonna?

SPEARS: Actually, when rehearsals isn't wasn't something like this is what we're going to do. It was kind of like we play around a little bit and she said during -- before the performance, let's just feel it out and see what happens. I didn't know it was going to be that long and everything, but it was cool.

CARLSON: Had you have ever kissed a woman before?

SPEARS: No, I have' never kissed a woman before.

CARLSON: Would you again?

SPEARS: Would I again! No! I would not do it. Maybe with Madonna, but...

CARLSON That's it. You're going to stay try true Madonna?

SPEARS: Yes, Madonna.

CARLSON: What does your mom think?

SPEARS: What does my mom think?

CARLSON: Yes.

SPEARS: She thinks it was cool. She liked the performance. She knows it's about performing and it's not like, you know, so.

CARLSON: How do you think your fans who followed you from your days in the -- as a Mousekateer up until now, are they happy with the change in your image?

SPEARS: I mean, honestly, it's about me just performing and expressing myself and I think when someone sees you up on stage having fun and you're fulfilling your dream they're inspired by that and that's what matters.

CARLSON: So you don't notice any shift in the way you present yourself three years ago as sort of the example of clean living and do you think that's changed?

SPEARS: I think I'm still clean living. That's -- I mean I don't go home and have orgies or anything like that. I'm still the same person I've always been.

CARLSON: You're going to be on the national mall soon performing for Pepsi and the NFL and also to support our troops. A lot of entertainers have come out against the war in Iraq. Have you?

SPEARS: Honestly I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.

CARLSON: Do you trust this president.

SPEARS: Yes, I do.

CARLSON: Excellent. Do you think he's going to win again?

SPEARS: I don't know. I don't know that.

CARLSON: You work with Pepsi for a long time. Candidly between you and me, how much Pepsi do you think on an average day?

SPEARS: I really do like Pepsi.

CARLSON: Really?

SPEARS: I really do.

CARLSON: What's your favorite kind?

SPEARS: My favorite kind of Pepsi. Pepsi's Pepsi.

CARLSON: You don't drink Diet Pepsi.

SPEARS: No, just regular Pepsi.

CARLSON: What are your favorite shows on television?

SPEARS: My favorite shows on it television, "Sex In The City," definitely. "Sex In The City" -- "Friends", of course. and I like these reality shows on MTV now. I think it's very humorous to watch the "New Jessica Simpson" and "Nick Lachey Show" and the "Wade Robson Project."

CARLSON: Do you watch a lot of CNN?

SPEARS: Oh, CNN. All the time. All the time.

CARLSON: I knew I liked you Britney.

SPEARS: You know.

CARLSON: Are you going to make another movie?

SPEARS: I would love to.

CARLSON: Do you have any plans in the near future?

SPEARS: Right now I'm kind of just really focusing on my music, but seriously I would love to do -- I would love to do a musical. I would love to do it all.

CARLSON: You said your thinking about moving to London. Why?

SPEARS: It's the one place that I feel completely anonymous and I just like the way they treasure everything. Everything's very simply done. And, you know, the milk man still comes to the door. You know, and I like the simplicity of that. I think that's very cool and I don't know.

CARLSON: Do you feel like your life is too complicated?

SPEARS: Too complicated.

CARLSON: Sometimes it's a little, you know, but I think there's just an energy there that's very cool.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: And the cool and complicated Tucker Carlson joins us right now. Tucker, I really want to ask you, did she a least offer you a stick of her own gum, but what I'm asking going to ask you is you sat down with her. What's she really like? What does she seem like sitting one on one?

CARLSON: She seemed very young. She seemed younger than a person who would bare her midriff. The impression I came away with was that it would be wrong to have adult thoughts about Britney Spears. She may be 21, but she seems again, young in a nice way.

But, I mean, this is someone, you know, who's been in entertainment most of her life and I think she leads a very different life than we do say in cable. You know, kind of sequestered.

COOPER: Yes, I also doubt she really watches CNN but that's for another time. Thanks very much. It was fun.

CARLSON: Thanks Anderson.

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