Fancy running into this guy! ????☺️ Such a sweetheart!! pic.twitter.com/jqyVIVmu30
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 21, 2015
O’Neill doesn’t look super thrilled in the photo, and now we know why. In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he stated that he actually had no idea who Spears was.
“I was flying alone to Hawaii. I was waiting for my flight to board,” O’Neill detailed. “They told me the flight was boarding and I picked up, that’s a little Modern Family hat. I saw a woman approaching me so I just flopped it on, you know, I was leaving.”
But he didn’t manage to get away in time to miss the fan. “She came up and said, ‘Oh, Mr. O’Neill, I love Modern Family, and you’re my favorite on the show.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m here, I’m the only one here,'” he said.
O’Neill said she then asked for a photo and “couldn’t have been nicer,” so he agreed to it. He then told her to have a nice trip and got on his flight. The following day his manager texted him going “What is this?” Spears had posted the photo online and gotten a whopping 53,000 likes.
Read more to see the video of Ed O’Neill’s Ellen Appearance: