Well, she had to do something to pay all those legal fees.

Britney Spears has signed on to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBS' critical darling sitcom How I Met Your Mother. A rep for show runners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas tells E! Online's TV blog that the casting coup "is true."

Spears' role is, for the time being, slated to be a one-episode endeavor, and will likely air toward the end of April.

The casting coup, first reported by Pink Is the New Blog, accounts for why the Blackout artiste was not present for her morning custody hearing. Spears instead spent the morning hours on the Fox lot along with her agent for a read-through of the episode.

Sources tell E! News that Spears will play a character called Abby, who works in the doctor's office of Ted, the main character played by Josh Radnor. Spears' role is described as "sweet and friendly and scattered and a little nerdy—a female Michael Cera."

Papa Jamie Spears no doubt approves of the paying gig. As the coconservator of her estate, he has final say over any contracts or deals his star spawn may enter into, at least until July 31.

The Britney Spears-starring episode of the CBS sitcom will be the third the cast and crew will film since returning from the writers' strike-imposed hiatus, and the 14th of the season. New episodes begin airing next Monday.

How I Met Your Mother, which also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segal, is currently in its third season. It revolves around Ted, who recounts to his children the shenanigans of, as the title suggests, how he met their mom.

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