Britain's Brown won't do 'Simpsons' cameo


LONDON -- He's gone to great lengths to shake off his once dour image, but a trip to Springfield is a step too far for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Brown says he has no plans to follow predecessor Tony Blair in making a cameo appearance on Fox network's "The Simpsons."

Yeardley Smith, who provides the voice for the show's Lisa Simpson -- the gifted sister of delinquent Bart -- has said she believed Brown should be invited to appear.

Blair recorded a voiceover for "The Simpsons" in 2003, starring in an episode in which the Simpson family visited Britain. Blair reportedly delivered his lines in a single take.

"I think Tony Blair did that. I don't think that is for me," Brown said Wednesday when asked if he would consider a cameo role.