OK! Magazine’s new publisher Kent Brownridge has reportedly derailed the Spears family-machine’s relationship with the magazine. The New York Post says that Brownridge, a Rolling Stone veteran, tightened OK!’s budget and clipped the magazine’s ties with the Spears clan. OK! previously bought exclusives on everything from little unwed Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy to Britney’s first photo shoot with her kids (with Cheetos).

Papa Jamie Spears, now in permanent control of Britney’s entire life, apparently is refusing to work with OK!, and the tab has banned its staff from Spears events! Natch, a rep for OK! denies all, saying:

“We always follow the Spears- in fact, Britney is on our current cover, and we’ll continue running stories about them. We need them and they need us.”

We’ll see if the recession changes anyone’s mind about an end to the long relationship…Britney has no lack of scandal these days, even though Papa Spears is running the show. Her new single, “If You Seek Amy”, is the subject of much global hand-wringing. The naughty tune has been banned from Australian airplay, and may suffer the same fate in the U.S.

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