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Ed O'Neill Admits He Had No Idea Who Britney Spears Was When She Asked to Take a Picture With Him at the Airport

by Antoinette Bueno 8:35 AM PDT, June 13, 2016
Playing Ed O'Neill Admits He Had No Idea Who Britney Spears Was When She Asked to Take a Picture With Him at the Airport

Ed O'Neill may be one of the only people in the world to not recognize Britney Spears.

The 70-year-old Modern Family star recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Monday, when he told the hilarious story behind a pic Spears tweeted last March of the two together at Los Angeles International Airport. O'Neill isn't smiling in the snap, which has over 6,500 likes on Twitter.

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But the Finding Dory star now admits he didn't know actually know he was taking a picture with the pop superstar.

"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.'"

Not surprisingly, DeGeneres was incredulous that O'Neill didn't recognize the 34-year-old "Womanizer" singer.

"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."

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We bet O'Neill wouldn't have a problem recognizing Spears now, even with her fabulous new haircut.

Check out Spears' new 'do and her incredible bikini bod in the video below!

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