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Spears' "Circus" Tour Picks Up Madonna Choreographer As Father's Financial Hold Grows Stronger

December 23, 2008 11:15 AM ET

Is the Britney Spears Circus tour in trouble before it even starts? According to reports, the show's original director and lead choreographer, Wade Robson and Andre Fuentes, have both left "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour, which is expected to embark March 3rd in New Orleans. The official reason for their departure hasn't been revealed, but according to Brit fan site Breathe Heavy, Robson simply said he "had it." Stepping in for Robson will be Jamie King, who is responsible for Madonna's massively successful Sticky & Sweet Tour and worked with Spears during her Oops... I Did It Again trek. The hire was confirmed by King's reps at the MSA Agency, who added that Simon Ellis is the tour's new musical director. Ellis previously worked with the Spice Girls and was dubbed a "genius" by American Idol mastermind Simon Fuller.

In other Spears news, a judge increased the monthly pay Spears' father Jamie receives for his role as Britney's conservator, upping his salary from $10,000 to $16,125 a month. "He has been working extra hours related to various activities related to her music and her tour and activities necessary to the conservatorship," the L.A. judge in the case said. Additionally, Britney will also pay brother Bryan $200,000 for "for services he rendered prior to the time the conservatorship was established." But the leeching doesn't stop there, as Brit's legal fees have escalated to over a million dollars.

Rolling Stone writer Jenny Eliscu discussed Jamie Spears' odd conservatorship role as a postscript to her interview with Spears, saying, "It's a problem for her now. And the commissioner recently granted their request to make it permanent. If something doesn't change — if somebody doesn't contest it — it would theoretically remain in effect until her father dies. So far, Britney has failed in her attempts to hire her own lawyer." Click here for more from that interview with Eliscu, and check out the Britney Spears' most recent Rolling Stone cover story here.

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