Britney Spears’ former publicist Lizzie Grubman appeared on CNN’s ‘Anderson Cooper 360’ to discuss the singer’s wedding and quick annulment to childhood pal Jason Alexander in Las Vegas over the weekend. “I’m completely perplexed. I really am,” Grubman admitted to Cooper. “Britney is a girl who has, you know, numerously said how marriage is so important to her. Her parents just got divorced and she said it was one of the hardest things that ever happened to her. So to make it light and to make a joke and to go and get married so quickly makes absolutely no sense to me.” Read on for a complete transcript.
So, will all this hurt Britney’s image? Let’s get some feedback from
Lizzie Grubman, Britney Spears’ former publicist. Lizzie, good to meet
you, good to have you here.
LIZZIE GRUBMAN, FORMER PUBLICIST FOR BRITNEY SPEARS: Thank you.
COOPER: What was she thinking? You’ve represented her in the past.
GRUBMAN: I’m completely perplexed. I really am. Britney is a girl who
has, you know, numerously said how marriage is so important to her. Her
parents just got divorced and she said it was one of the hardest things
that ever happened to her. So to make it light and to make a joke and to
go and get married so quickly makes absolutely no sense to me.
COOPER: Here is what she said to Diane Sawyer. We’re going to put this
on the screen. “I think, honestly, if you can wait until you’re married,
I think you should definitely do that, because it’s so much more sacred,
and there is a reason for saying to do that. There is a rule in the book,
the Bible, that says that. I think that is a really important thing to
I’m not sure what section the rule is in the book, the Bible. But you
don’t think it’s a PR stunt?
GRUBMAN: What kind of PR stunt? This is a disaster if it’s a PR stunt.
COOPER: It’s a disaster from public relations?
GRUBMAN: Yeah. I mean, what, I mean, no good comes out of someone being
married for 16 hours in a hall, I mean.
COOPER: I think, you know what, that should be a new rule.
GRUBMAN: I mean, you know what I’m saying? I think this is the shortest
celebrity wedding yet.
COOPER: Yeah, yeah, I actually think that is true.
GRUBMAN: It’s crazy.
COOPER: Do you think she was drunk? Do you think she was just kidding
around? You kind of buy this it was a joke that went too far?
GRUBMAN: I think it was a joke that went too far. I wasn’t there. I
can’t tell if you she was intoxicated. The times that I’ve seen her, she’s
not been intoxicated, and I see her out in nightclubs and places all the
time. And she’s been perfectly sober.
I think this is a joke that went too far, but what really strikes me
as weird is she’s always surrounded with a lot of bodyguards and a lot
of handlers and a lot of friends. Didn’t somebody just say, Britney, what
are you doing? All of a sudden she’s off in a limo with this guy and…
COOPER: Right, the limo driver walked her down the aisle. Wonderful.
GRUBMAN: I mean, something’s wrong here, something’s wrong here. And
I think that Britney really has got to speak up and give her side of the
COOPER: So from a PR perspective, that’s what you would advise? From
here, you’ve got to come out, you’ve got to say what was going on?
GRUBMAN: Oh, yeah, absolutely. The statements from, you know, her record
label and this that, it means nothing at this point. She needs — we need
to hear from Britney.
COOPER: I want to give a little advice to Britney. Do we have that clip
from when she talked to Tucker Carlson? Do we have that? We’re trying to
get it. Anyway — OK, let’s roll this clip. This is her interview with
CNN’s Tucker Carlson.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TUCKER CARLSON, CNN ANCHOR: Pepsi for a long time. Candidly, just between
you and me, how much Pepsi do you think you drink?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: My advice to Britney and I’m no PR expert, is don’t chew gum
all the time when you’re talking to people.
GRUBMAN: You should never. It’s rude. It really is rude. I don’t know.
This is really…
COOPER: So you agree with me on that one?
GRUBMAN: Yes. That’s that, and that was a bad haircut day.
COOPER: Bad hair. Lizzie, it’s great to meet you.
GRUBMAN: Nice to meet you too.
COOPER: I appreciate you coming. All right.
GRUBMAN: Thank you.