Did Oprah halt an interview with Britney Spears?

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Ever since Winfrey agreed to take on that famously hard-hitting interview, Spears has become the subject of a frenzy of speculation as to what her plans were for the impending chat.

Spears has been hitting the road for a residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since December 2013. The pop star is getting set to perform a concert special, “Britney: Domination,” before the interview airs next week on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

In the special , an interview was recorded back in January, prior to Winfrey’s recent announcement that the “passionate, powerful woman” will host a new cable channel on Netflix.

Now the debate is as much about what the interview’s cover-up would be as about what she plans to say.

According to singer and producer Hit-Boy, who has worked with the Grammy Award winner on a number of her songs, Spears’ actual plans for the Oprah interview are a mystery.

“Just hearing that, it’s upsetting,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to know what would happen to it.”

The cause of the speculation is Winfrey’s recent interviews with Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman, and an extended clip of Spears’ interview for “Larry King Now” that was posted on YouTube this week.

Spears said that her relationship with this “family and friends” was the biggest reason why she decided to move to Las Vegas.

“And I still do have that family and friends, and I love them very much,” she told King. “But I am expanding my world and my work.

“I am just at that place in my life where I thought, you know what, you know what I need to try something new, I need to try something different,” Spears added.

King said the interview will cover the singer’s life, her career and her children. And it’s apparently not all warm and fuzzy and love.

“There are some things that are unsavory in the story, and I can’t tell you, Larry. There are things in it that are very interesting and not pleasant,” he said.

But Hit-Boy, who is no stranger to being at the center of celebrity gossip himself after co-producing “Clumsy,” a song featuring Britney’s younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears, says he’s not sure Winfrey had anything to do with all of the swirling talk.

When Winfrey expressed her excitement about being able to talk to Spears, Hit-Boy said he knew immediately who she was talking about.

“I think [Winfrey] would be excited about that,” he said. “But I don’t think she told ’em that she’d done an interview with her.

“The thing is, after I did the interview, she came back to me and told me they were going to finish up the interview. The minute she told me she was going to do the interview with them, I told ’em to do the interview with Britney, because if you’re gonna do that, you need Britney,” he said.

“I didn’t expect that,” Hit-Boy added. “She just let it happen. I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

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