Although Spears "will not be performing, she will open the show," reports the site.
"MTV has long played an important role in my career," Spears said in a statement. "How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say 'hi' to my fans and to be nominated."
How can she ask "how can I not be there" as an official part of the telecast? Just a week or so ago a spokesman for her manager, Larry Rudolph, firmly denied rumors that she'd be part of the awards show — as a performer or in any other capacity.
The spokesman told the New York Daily News, while referring to the early PR spot she did with host Russell Brand and an elephant, "She did the promo for them, but there never were any plans for her to appear on the show."
"It's unclear exactly what Britney has up her sleeve," teases MTV.com, adding this quote from network president Van Toffler about her past appearances: "Britney has done everything from perform with a snake, lock lips with Madonna and prove that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. I can't wait to see what she does to kick off this year's show."
Hmmmm, to me that suggests that Britney's going to perform, not musically, but in some other capacity. Oh, please let it not be with that poor elephant!
Hmmmm again. Didn't her dad and lawyers recently assert that Britney wasn't crazy anymore?
Or does Britney see nothing wrong with her spokesman fibbing? If her rep just misspoke, why didn't Britney issue a clarification after the Daily News article hit print?