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Pause And Applause Greet Brit Split

Musicians Britney Spears and Kevin Federline arrive at the 2006 Grammy Nominees party with Kanye West, hosted By Verizon Wireless and Rolling Stone Magazine at the Avalon Hollywood, on February 6, 2005 in Hollywood, California.
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Confetti showered the audience at "The View." Regis Philbin couldn't stop talking about it on "Live With Regis and Kelly." Entertainment pundits chorused: "We knew it all along."

And, of course, you know they were talking about Britney and K-Fed, not the midterm elections.

On "The View," Rosie O'Donnell started off the show by making it seem like she was talking about the big Democratic victory in Tuesday's elections. She said she "never expected anything like this" and how she was "over the moon." Conservative Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck said she was "devastated." O'Donnell went on to say, "It's the biggest news in the country, ladies and gentlemen, Britney Spears is leaving K-Fed!"

To see a photo essay about Spears and Federline, click here.

Then she called out "confetti!" and confetti rained down on the audience, while O'Donnell shouted: "On behalf of a happy America, welcome back, Britney! We love you!"

Over at "Live With Regis and Kelly," Regis Philbin jokingly accused David Letterman of breaking up the young couple. He said Letterman is always flirting with his female guests, even though he's "an old coot."

Philbin went on, "He seduces them with his penetrating eyes and his courtly manners."

Spears made a surprise appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night and Philbin said, "Two hours after Britney Spears left the David Letterman show, she gets a divorce." He added, "What do you think that means?"

Federline and Spears officially filed for divorce just days after Federline's debut album, "Playing With Fire," hit the shelves. In an interview with AP Entertainment just before the album's release, soon to be ex-Mr. Britney Spears spoke fondly of his wife and how much she has influenced him. He called her impact on him "really big," praised her "level head" and her ability to take "criticism."

Meanwhile, Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com, the Web site that first broke the story, was calling the breakup "inevitable, in some ways. I mean, for her sake, it had to happen."

Explained Levin: "From his point of view, this was a great marriage. He was Mr. Spears. He was living in Malibu. He was partying. He was having a great time. He was happy in this marriage. She wasn't happy in this marriage. So, she was viewing it very differently from him.

"She was really unhappy, and things were mounting and mounting and mounting, and she couldn't get him to become responsible. And she was fed up. And she wasn't happy. And he was blindsided."

To see a photo essay about Federline, click here.

Levin also said the fact that she is seeking sole custody of their two sons and not joint custody indicates that "she doesn't trust him enough, it seems, for him to get joint custody. And that's a mark that things are not well between the two of them."

Spears, 24, married Federline, 28, in 2004. They have a 1-year-old son, Sean Preston, and an infant son, who was born Sept. 12. The divorce papers identify the baby as Jayden James Federline.

Spears married Federline eight months after ending a 55-hour Las Vegas marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Alexander.

Us Weekly contributing editor Katrina Szish says Spears may have filed for divorce to help salvage her dying career. This is just one of the revelations made in this week's issue of the magazine, which documents the couple's last days together:

"Pretty much since Britney and K-Fed got married two years ago, everyone was counting the minutes until this was over," Szish explains. "I think now is the time because Britney has had her second baby she realizes it is time to make a comeback. She and Kevin have been arguing more than ever lately and I think she just got, literally, fed up."

To see a photo essay about Spears, click here.

A split might help Spears' career but probably won't do much for Federline's. He had a singing engagement Saturday, Nov. 4, at Webster Hall in New York City. A bartender at the venue told Star magazine, "They were going to cancel this concert, but he begged them to keep it on. He had to fight with them to keep this concert."

Reportedly, only about 300 people showed up in a venue that holds 1,500.

Also, Thomas Dolby has filed suit against Federline for using a sample from "She Blinded Me With Science" on one of the songs from "Playing With Fire," an album that sold only 5,000 copies during its first week of release. Spears recently told People magazine she plans to release an album in 2007, her first collection of new material since 2003.

"People lost a lot of respect for Britney when she married Kevin … He has never been unfaithful as far as we know," notes Szish. "But he just isn't acting like a guy who is newly married and the father of two young children. Britney got sick of his partying ways and the fact that he was never home helping her with the kids."