Ed O’Neill has to been the only person in the world to not know pop star sensation Britney Spears.
70 year-old Ed O’Neil recently made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show where he told the back story of meeting Spears and not knowing her.
Spears posted the two together on Instagram last March stating that she ran into O’Neil at the LAX airport, which he showed no enthusiasm or even a smirk in the picture.
O’Neil says that
“I was flying alone to Hawaii. I was waiting for my flight to board,” he recalled. “They told me the flight was boarding and I picked up – that’s a little Modern Family hat. I saw a woman approaching me so I just flopped it on, you know, I was leaving. She came up and said, ‘Oh, Mr. O’Neill, I love Modern Family, and you’re my favorite on the show.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m here, I’m the only one here,’” he joked.
“’Could you please, and I know you’re in a hurry…’ couldn’t have been nicer,” O’Neill said about Spears. “So I said, ‘Sure, fine, you know, OK.’ So she sat there and we took it and I said, ‘Have a nice trip, I’m going,’ and I left. So the next day my manager texts me and goes, ‘What is this? 53,000 likes. It’s Britney Spears.’”
I bet if O’Neil knew that he was actually taking a picture with Ms. “Oops I Did It Again” he would have showed a little bit more teeth in that picture.
“I mean, look at the look on my face – do I look like I’m sitting with Britney Spears?” the actor joked. “You know my daughter, Sophia, she said, ‘You are a moron.’”
“No one else taking a picture with Britney Spears would have that look on their face,” DeGeneres later cracked. “It’s fantastic.
Let’s just say if I run into Britney Spears, I will be showing all of these pearly white teeth from ear to ear!