Should Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn marry her boyfriend Casey Aldridge in wake of last week’s shocking pregnancy announcement? ‘Showbiz Tonight’ posed that question to a panel of experts, including Star magazine’s Julia Allison, clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Kuriansky, publicist Howard Bragman, and Court TV’s Lisa Bloom. Watch the video below and read the transcript at CNN.com.
In a Q&A with Star magazine, Robert Zimmerman, managing director of Middleberg Communications in New York City, offered his thoughts on how Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn could have best handled her pregnancy announcement and what the 16-year-old should do going forward to save her reputation.
Asked about how Jamie Lynn’s mother Lynne handled the announcement with going to OK! for a $1 million payday, Zimmerman said, “Lynne should have understood that her younger daughter was looking to garner attention and allowing her to do a magazine cover was irresponsible. There is no way Jamie Lynn could have done this without Lynne’s blessing. Doing this in such a public way was a mistake and Lynn should have known that. Getting paid for this was even worse and questions her skills as a parent. To capitalize on this was a mistake.”
How should they have handled the announcement? “First I would have consulted with Nickelodeon and her family together,” Zimmerman advised. “Once we were all on the same page and knowing the media would be all over this because she is Britney’s sister, I would have gone to a trusted veteran news reporter or journalist who could understand both sides of the issue. The she could do a proper sit down interview. I wouldn’t have suggested or recommended my client pose for a magazine cover.”
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Britney Spears’ mother Lynne is taking heat in the new issue of Us Weekly, with many pointing the finger at the 52-year-old following the shocking announcement in OK! magazine that Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant at 16. “Jamie wanted something different for her life, and her mom put her in situations she didn’t want to be in,” the teen’s ‘Zoey 101’ co-star Alexa Nikolas tells the mag.
As for why Lynne went to OK! to sell the pregnancy story, a source claimed, “Lynne knew OK! would pay the most. It was her decision.”
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The uncle of Jamie Lynn Spears’ fetus daddy Casey Aldridge tells ‘Extra’ that the 18-year-old would like to get married to Britney’s 16-year-old sister. “Casey has said he would like to go ahead and get married as soon as possible, but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before they can really get to that point,” Odus Jackson said. Read more.
Former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has weighed in on the news that Britney Spears’ teenage sister is pregnant. “It’s a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life. I respect it,” the Baptist minister said. “Apparently, she’s going to have the child and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it. I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action. But at the same time I’m not going to condemn her. There’ll be plenty of people in line to do that and I always look for the shortest lines. I just hope that she will make another right decision and that’s to give that child all the love and kindness and care that she can.”
In Touch Weekly senior editor Tom O’Neil discussed the news that Britney Spears’ 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with ‘Countdown’ fill-in host Allison Stewart, the possible legal implications since her boyfriend Casey Aldridge is either 18 or 19, and how mother Lynne is catching heat for negotiating a $1 million deal with OK! magazine. Watch the segment, aired Wednesday (December 19), below.
Though 2007 has been a year for shocking Britney Spears headlines, it is now the singer’s 16-year-old sister who is providing a year ending shocker with news that the ‘Zoey 101’ star is “in shock” about her pregnancy. NBC’s John Larson reported on the news for ‘Today’ on Thursday (December 20), talking with Seventeen magazine’s Joanna Saltz and Sabrina Weill of MomLogic.com. Then, ‘Today’ co-host David Gregory spoke with Dr. Gail Saltz about how parents should discuss this news with their children. Watch the segment below.
With news that Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn is pregnant, their mother Lynne’s Christian parenting book has been delayed. ‘MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams’ debated abstinence-only education with MSNBC.com’s Courtney Hazlett, talk radio host Stephanie Miller and women’s advocate Wendy Wright. Watch the segment, aired Wednesday (December 19), below the fold.
A ‘Showbiz Tonight’ panel including investigative journalist Pat Lalama, Us Weekly’s Ken Baker, Court TV anchor Lisa Bloom and ‘Extra’ correspondent Carlos Diaz broke down the fallout following the news that Britney Spears’ 16-year-old actress Jamie Lynn Spears announced that she’s pregnant. Diaz tells host Brooke Anderson that Nickelodeon “are freaking out right now” claiming that the kids’ network is “either going to deal with it or dump her.” Watch the segment below.
Fox News Channel’s ‘Studio B’ fill-in host Trace Gallagher spoke with psychologist Dr. Keith Kanner on the pregnancy of Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn and the subsequent shelving of their mother Lynne’s planned book on parenting the two stars. Kanner suggested it’s not easy to raise celebrity kids because they’re home schooled.
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