Britney Following in Oprah's Footsteps?

08/05/2003 01:00AM

Oprah, Jerry, Sharon and Ellen, move over: Britney Spears wants to enter your arena.

The pop princess, 21, who's been on hiatus for the past year, is negotiating to produce a daily syndicated talk show that she would also appear on occasionally, her spokeswoman tells MTV.

The rep apparently made it clear that Spears would only be a guest star, not the host -- not that a host has been named yet, the Associated Press points out.

Should such a show come to fruition, Spears's production would be joining a field that is soon about to welcome -- or ignore -- new yak-fests hosted by Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres.

At the moment, the champ of all talk shows continues to be Oprah Winfrey. Jerry Springer, meanwhile, has been eyeing a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio on the Democratic ticket.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Spears's first major gig this year will take place Sept. 4 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where she will join R&B star Mary J. Blige to kick off the 2003 National Football League season with a free concert.

The show (to be broadcast on ABC from 8-9 p.m.) will precede the first NFL game of the year -- between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets -- to be held later that evening at D.C.'s FedEx Field.

Spears is also said to be finishing up her fourth album for a planned fall release on the Jive label. The disc is expected to include contributions from the Neptunes and the Matrix. Spears also has plans to appear at the Jets' training camp next month, says the rep.

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