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When Ed O'Neill met Britney Spears

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Ed O’Neill stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about their new journey under the sea in Finding Dory, but the host had another story she wanted to discuss: the time he met Britney Spears.

While the Modern Family actor was at LAX airport alone waiting for a flight to Hawaii in March 2015, a young woman approached him. “She came up and said, ‘Oh, Mr. O’Neill, I love Modern Family and you’re my favorite on the show,'” he recalled. “And I thought, ‘Well, I’m here. I’m the only one here.'”

She asked for a picture — “She couldn’t have been nicer,” O’Neill said — and they went their separate ways. O’Neill didn’t realize what had happened until he got a call from his manager asking him to explain how a picture of him and the pop star had thousands of likes on social media. “I didn’t know it was her. I mean, look at the look on my face: Do I look like I’m sitting with Britney Spears?!”


He later called Spears’ manager and apologized for being, as O’Neill’s daughter put it, “a moron.”

Check out the full interview below.