The subject jostled for position with news of the congressional
election results, with talk radio, daytime television shows, newspapers and
websites devoting generous coverage to the split.
News of Spears' decision to divorce Federline after two years of marriage,
and only two months after the birth of their second child, emerged on Tuesday
sparking a media fire-storm.
So far neither Spears nor Federline have broken their silence on the subject
but gossip columnists, pundits and friends of the couple were only too willing
to jump into the vacuum.
Many applauded Spears' decision.
"It's the day after and I just want to say I'm over the moon excited,"
daytime talkshow host Rosie O'Donnell said. "It's the biggest news of the
country -- Britney Spears is leaving K-Fed!"
After confetti had showered down on guests, O'Donnell added: "Let me just say
on behalf of a happy America -- 'Welcome back Britney, we love you.'"
Spears' marriage has been a favourite target for celebrity media in the US,
with the 28-year-old former dancer Federline invariably being portrayed as a
Late-night talk show host Jay Leno meanwhile couldn't resist a swipe at
Federline's aspirations to pursue a hip-hop career. "Maybe (Britney) finally
heard his rap album," Leno said.
Internet websites meanwhile buckled under the weight of hits generated by
news of Spears' marital strife.