Obama daughters asked to appear on "Hannah Montana"

Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:27pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama's two young daughters have been invited to appear on popular kids television show "Hannah Montana," actor Billy Ray Cyrus said an interview aired on Monday.

Cyrus, the father of "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus and also an actor on the hit Disney Channel show, said the show had asked Malia, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, to take part in an episode possibly around April.

"They probably will. The invitation is there," Cyrus told Access Hollywood in an interview. "You know the 'Hannah Montana' film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then."

Pressed for details, Cyrus said; "I can't, I can't. I have got to keep a secret."

"Hannah Montana", in which Miley Cyrus plays a school girl with a secret life as a pop star, is one of the most popular kids television series in the United States with a huge audience and merchandising empire worth about $1 billion.

Obama has said in interviews that Malia is a big fan of "Hannah Montana," but the Obamas have shielded the girls from the media and it remains to be seen whether they will want their daughters to take part in the show.

Miley Cyrus, who turns 16 later this month, told Access Hollywood she did not know for certain if the offer had gone out, but she added; "I think that would be really cool and if anything, have them visit the set."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

<p>U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, wife Michelle and Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson (R), watch election results with daughters, Sasha (L) and Malia on election night in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2008 in this photo released by Barack Obama's campaign November 10, 2008. REUTERS/David Katz/Obama for America/Handout</p>