Britney Spears walks off stage during concert, blames cigarette smoke

Britney Spears walked off stage shortly after the start of a concert last night at Vancouver’s GM Place, leaving the crowd to sit in the dark for 30 minutes. The Vancouver Sun reports that a voice came on the venue’s loudspeaker during the dark period informing the audience that cigarette smoke was to blame. "It’s become uncomfortable and unsafe for the performers, including Ms. Spears," the voice said. "The show will resume as soon as the air around the stage is clear." Chanting and booing ensued until Spears finally came back to finish the show. The Associated Press reports that after the concert, Spears’s publicist issued a statement saying "crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue."

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  • Tim

    Right. As if she doesn’t breathe in tons of smoke at the bars and parties she frequents. She, herself, is a smoker. What a ditz.

  • rockgolf

    The worst news, however, is that apparently, according to this article, the city of Vancouver has lost the letter “c” in its name.
    Let’s hope they find it soon.

  • gero

    Maybe she was getting the urge to have some fun with her Vernon ,bc boy friend Jacob Gump

  • Blah

    Her managers called of the show for other workers safety not hers you ditz.

  • Mike

    I don’t get why this story is everywhere. She stopped the show for a bit and then resumed and finished it. So what?

  • nonono

    Ah yes, Britney’s a “ditz” because she was named as being one of a group of people affected by the lack of ventilation in the venue. Her crew was affected because they were working above her with no ventilation and became ill. She was affected because a successful show is dependent on functioning crew – i.e., in order for the show to go on, her crew has to be able to be breathe.
    Reading comprehension, kiddies. Is it really so hard to understand a single paragraph? This here’s two, so I’ve probably lost you.

  • Chris

    Britney is one of the best people!

  • Toni

    You go Brit…Even smokers can be overcome with too much smoke! At least she stood up for her crew and their health that shows she cares!!!!!

  • Joey Smallwood

    Proper thing. BC, like most all of Canada, is smokefree indoors, including GM Place. Arena management should have had ushers removing offenders. The fact that enough people were allowed to illegally smoke in the arena to cause staff to become ill shows that arena management is too complacent with rule violators/law breakers. Time to crack down. What’s the point of having this smoke-free law if it’s not enforced?

  • Alex G

    Alt theory: it wasn’t about cigarette smoke. Arenas in Canada have been smoke-free for so long, it’s now exceedingly rare for audience members to try smoking. If her crew smoked their faces off the entire time they were setting up the stage earlier in the day…nope, still makes no sense.

  • rockgolf

    Oh, good! Vancouver got it’s “c” back, except on the front page of EW where this story is referenced with the “c”-less spelling.

  • steve

    Go away , Britney! You’re a has-been and nobody cares anymore.

  • G Mella

    I am a former smoker, quit 3 1/2 years ago. Please, don’t use the excuse cigi smoke caused all this? There would have to be more than just one person smoking, in front of the stage to make anyone sick. Did 10 people smoke in front of the stage? I don’t think so. Britney probably got a run in her pantyhose and freaked out.

  • Taziesmer

    IT DIDNT SAY SHE WAS THE ISSUE.
    IT SAYS HER CREW MEMBERS ABOVE THE STAGE, you know, the ones that deal with sound, lighting and the rest? THEY LEFT THE AREA BECUASE THEY WERE GETTING SICK due to poor ventilation!!

  • Jeff W.

    First of all, Britney smokes, so what’s with all the “drama”. Second of all, what is it with these young performers and their complete lack of professionalism? I can’t imagine spending a lot of money to see Spears perform and then have her pull a histrionic fit for no reason. I don’t mind spending a lot of money on concert tickets for bands like Fleetwood Mac or U2 because I know that I’m getting a top notch performance without nonsense. These pop idiots who behave in this manner are incredibly disrespectful to their (presumably) young audience. I think they forget where their paycheck comes from.

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