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    Only In America: Leave Britney Alone!

    The DUDE from YOUTUBE has his OWN REALITY SHOW.

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    BRITNEY BOY GETS DEAL FOR TV SHOW


    By MICHAEL STARR


    Chris Crocker's emotional plea on YouTube for people to "Leave Britney Alone" had over 8 million hits.

    September 21, 2007 -- IT used to be that up-and-comers like Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen snared their first big TV deals through exposure on the comedy-club circuit.

    But the Internet has changed all that - with popular post-it-yourself sites like YouTube and MySpace becoming the portal to television.

    "I will tell you, without a doubt, that every major talent agency in town has people dedicated to scouring YouTube for talent," says Chris M. Williams, CEO of FanLib, an online fan creativity portal.

    Take Chris Crocker, better known as the fey, weeping-and-wailing "Leave Britney Alone!" guy.

    Crocker, a 19-year-old performance artist with a modicum of previous Internet fame, taped himself sobbing about the media's treatment of Britney Spears after her meltdown at the VMA Awards earlier this month.

    His YouTube video, shot in his grandparents' house in Tennessee, quickly become an Internet sensation - amassing over 8 million hits.

    TV execs took notice and immediately signed Crocker to a production deal, eager to exploit his online popularity for a planned reality show.

    Crocker is just the latest Internet star to parlay his popularity into a TV deal.

    The precedent was set in 2003 by man-child Andy Milonakis, who turned his "The Super Bowl is Gay" video into MTV2's "Andy Milonakis Show."

    The guys behind online animation site jibjab - who first came to prominence lampooning John Kerry and President Bush in 2004 - are now staples on NBC's "Tonight Show."

    And the Web's "Rocketboom" girl, a k a Amanda Congdon, now works for ABC after her video blog became a sensation.

    "The Web is a vehicle by which we can find a massive amount of people doing a massive amount of things," Williams says.

    "I think the idea of using the Web as a way of discovering talent is a great tool for people in traditional entertainment."

    WEB CELEBS | By MICHAEL STARR | TV Shows | TV Ratings | Television Shows

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