Just like ANNETTE FUNICELLO, BRITNEY SPEARS launched her career on the "Mickey Mouse Club". So when the paparazzi caught up with Britney yesterday, it's no surprise that they asked her how she felt about Annette's death.
--But her answer WAS a surprise. Because she said, quote, "I think that's great." (--Check it out here.)
--Obviously, she didn't even hear the question. She was just giving the paparazzi a stock answer before moving on.
--And she addressed that later by Tweeting, quote, "Misheard a question I was asked earlier by press while I was out and about. I am DEVASTATED to hear about the passing of Annette Funicello.
--"She was a role model for me during my days as a Mousketeer. #Heartbroken." (You can read Tweets from a few other celebrities here.)