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Susan Boyle Walks Off 'America's Got Talent'

9/8/2010 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Susan Boyle has left Los Angeles in tears after being snubbed by a songwriter who refused to let her sing one of his hits on "America's Got Talent."

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Susan arrived to L.A. earlier today to perform the song "Perfect Day" on the show.

Sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... producers needed permission from the songwriter, Lou Reed -- the former lead singer for The Velvet Underground and famous for "Walk on the Wild Side" --  but at the last minute they were informed that Reed refused permission because he isn't a Boyle fan.

When Boyle found out, she dissolved into tears -- unprepared to change her tune for the show.

We're told Boyle went to LAX this afternoon -- still in tears -- and is catching a flight back to London.

"America's Got Talent" refused to comment.


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61.

Tara    

When's the last time he was relevant, if ever? You'd think he could use the royalty money.

1473 days ago
62.

Molotov    

The kicker for me is that Lou Reed is one of the worst singers around. Have you ever heard him croak out a song? It's embarrassing, and yet he cloaked himself in this "cool" thing all these years. It just doesn't wash. Bad karma knowing how much it meant to Susan and the show.

1473 days ago
63.

IZMIBIZ    

Good God all her freako fans are on here crying 'its not fair to poor Susan'. She cant just take someone else song and do what she wants with it. He has rights. Im sick of these talentless idiots on these shows too because Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan want to make a ton of money. We're the ones who has to listen to her on our TV and get sick of our stomachs.

1473 days ago
64.

KatDaddy    

I would tell Lou to stick it sideways...he's just mad because he's so damn old and ugly!

1473 days ago
65.

I hate farts    

Who is Lou Reed? I've never even heard of him. He must be some has been. Anyway, you would think he could use the royalty $$$$.

1473 days ago
66.

Chris    

LOU REED SUCKS!

1473 days ago
67.

Julie    

Bad luck for Lou Reed I honestly thought he was dead. he looks it. You have a fantastic voice Susan go sing your heart out.

1473 days ago
68.

Piper    

Good for him!!!!

1473 days ago
69.

Vogue    

His song, his right. If he didn't want it reorchestrated on National Television then so be it. Say... Shakespeare would have had a problem with Iggy Pop transposing his work of Hamlet. I say if it bother Lou Reed, then it was his right to preserve its integrity how he wanted.

1473 days ago
70.

NICOLE    

Lou who??

Nobody remember him. Everyone knows who Susan is.

1473 days ago
71.

Allie B    

He is a jerk. I will never buy any of his music again !!!

1473 days ago
72.

mark    

What a ****.

1473 days ago
73.

Veda McLean    

Susan, you have talent write your own songs. As a performer you should be ready for anything. If that song is not available sing, sing anything, sing! Aretha Franklin had 1 hour to prepare when she filled in for Pavarotti. Get it together. You asked for fame, this is where it begins!

1473 days ago
74.

Lori    

What a total A$$!

Also, Susan Boyle obviously isn't the strongest person emotionally, and you can't just "get over" that. She has been in a small town her entire life until her performance on the show. Give her a break! There are some hard-hearted people on here.

1473 days ago
75.

Freaks!    

I thought Lou Reed was a big fat black guy... geez, was I wrong.

1473 days ago
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