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Network Bosses Deny Britney Spears Saved Sitcom

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Jul 21, 2008 | 5:07am EDT

Network executives for sitcom How I Met Your Mother have slammed reports that Britney Spears' guest role on their show saved it from being canceled.

Spears was snubbed for her stint on the show earlier this month when she was left off the top 10 list of Emmy semifinalists in the Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.

And though show ratings soared when the pop star played a ditzy secretary in two recent episodes, CBS bosses insist it wasn't Spears who saved the show.

Network entertainment president Nina Tassler explains: "[How I Met Your Mother] was never in danger; we just took a while to make the announcement [of its renewal]."

Chiefs at Spears' record label Jive were rumored to be questioning her dedication to her comeback album when reports surfaced on Friday that she was more interested in focusing on her acting career.

CBS heads have not confirmed whether or not Spears will be making another return to the show.

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