Greasy rapper Kevin Federline, burned by a restaurant trade group over an ad depicting him as a daydreaming burger flipper, yesterday said he would never offend hardworking fry cooks - because he once was one.
"It was nothing towards anybody," the singer wannabe formerly known as Mr. Britney Spears, told The Post.
In the controversial, 30-second ad for Nationwide insurance - set to air Sunday during the Super Bowl - K-Fed stars as a fry cook in a fast-food joint who dreams about the lavish life of a rap star.
Federline - draped in a fur coat and dripping with bling - is at first seen rapping in a song, "Rollin' VIP," in what appears to be a music video.
But it's revealed to be a daydream when Federline is jolted back to the reality he is actually a fry cook.
"Federline!" the manager screams. "Fries!"
A major restaurant trade group last week fired off a letter to Nationwide claiming that the ad is a "direct insult" to the nation's 12.8 million fast-food workers.
But Federline said the spot, which carries the tagline "Life Comes at You Fast," mocks his own reversal of fortune after his rap album bombed and his famous wife filed for divorce.
"I feel like it touches on it just enough for everybody to laugh about it," he said.
Before marrying Spears and cruising around in a custom-built Ferrari, Federline said he worked in the fast-food area at a water park near Fresno, Calif.
"I actually used to work in fries," he said. "That was my first job. Everybody came from that. A lot of people slung hash."
Steven Schreibman, head of advertising and marketing for Nationwide, insisted, "We would never make fun of anyone. Kevin is making fun of himself."
Steven Anderson, the former CEO of the National Restaurant Association, had knocked the ad for implying that fast-food work is "demeaning and unpleasant."
Anderson resigned from his position to take another job just three days after sending the letter to Nationwide, but a spokeswoman said the group's position remains the same.
"His letter still represents our view," said spokeswoman Annika Stensson.
The ad, which will air in the third quarter of the Super Bowl, debuted online yesterday at www.nationwide.com.