Britney Spears Remembers Ed McMahon

'He is responsible for giving so many artists their first shot including myself,' Spears says of the onetime 'Star Search' host.

Before she was Mouseketeer or multiplatinum-selling artist and household name, [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist] was a 10-year-old aspiring singer who got her first taste of fame when she was on "Star Search."

Late Tuesday, after news broke that "Star Search" host, Ed McMahon, had died at the age of 86, Britney took to her Twitter page to remember the man who helped kick-start her career back in 1992. "I am deeply saddened by today's news about Ed McMahon. He is responsible for giving so many artists their first shot including myself," she wrote. "He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed."

On the show, she performed the [artist id="150209"]Judds[/artist]' "Love Can Build a Bridge," and while she didn't win, she did earn a spot on "The Mickey Mouse Club" a year later, alongside fellow past "Star Search" contestants Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

Many other celebrities took to their Twitter accounts on Tuesday to react to McMahon's passing. Most celebrities, like Alyssa Milano and Jon Favreau, posted a simple "R.I.P.," while frequent Twitterer Ashton Kutcher wrote, "Rip Ed McMahon 'the original Hype man.' "

Other stars like Liev Schrieber described McMahon's passing as "a terrible loss." "I just remember him as such a lovely guy," Schreiber told "Entertainment Tonight." "Always had a smile for everyone. He was just the sweetest person — it's a terrible loss."