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'Idol' Creator: I Should Get Credit for X Factor!

7/20/2011 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" creator Simon Fuller is suing Fox Broadcasting and Fremantle -- the powers behind Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor," claiming they screwed him out of an Executive Producer credit as well as big fees.

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Fuller filed a legal complaint, and his publicist told Deadline.com that Fox and Fremantle refused to honor a 2005 contract that Fuller claims gave him both the title and the cash.

Here's the interesting backstory.  Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell hate each other.  The bad blood started over who got the creative credit for "A.I." and it has been building ever since.

UPDATE: FOX and Fremantle have released a joint statement -- saying, "Mr. Fuller has not been hired, nor performed any duties, on the U.S. version of "The X Factor."

The statement continues, "His suit seeks payment and credit as an executive producer despite his neither having been approved by the required parties, nor hired, as such. We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we expect to prevail."


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1.

Bubba    

It's all about money and I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

1009 days ago
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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

There will come a day when both will regret being associated with these two boring pieces of T.V. trash, money or no money.

1009 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Both have been destroying the music industry with 'No-Talents' for too long. Especially Simon since his pathetic days as 'Wonderdog'.

1009 days ago
4.

TMZer    

Holy crap!!! Isn't there enough money to go around for these already mega rich peeps?! Pathetic!

1009 days ago
5.

coco    

They're fighting over who created the kids talent show? Boo hoo!

1009 days ago
6.

AntiSocialForum.com    

Talent shows have been around since before any of these clowns were born. ******* ******** get over your ego's.

1009 days ago
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fu waddd    

WELCOME22the club Hollywod has been ripping me off for 20,000 credits and paydays since 1964 and jean peters my mother sleeping with FOX.Murder murdoch as in rupert smart partical warfare and image sound and light satllite projecions since 1967.MOffia murdoch for texas instruments CBS FOX ripp off since forever.THE STANDARD SOP of kilROY~SS hellywood since dad was killed off-howard hughesand run off.Step dad chem2death via mason CBS broadcaster dispatched crop duster while GRAND EMCAMPED by CBS masons same old spit

1009 days ago
8.

Jackie    

LOL..Drama kings...ha ha.

1009 days ago
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fu waddd    

Plus the estate in a medical trust fund was ri[[ed off and osars were ripped off the globes and awards were also all ripped off annd everyone was was a witness was killed off or payed off^^^ same old same old RUPERT MURDOCH MOBsterism moffia low scores chopters drones high theater satellite twoer cams strett cams sound scaning earth broadcastiing arad broadcasting in fully synratronical radiational feilds at all spects.Anyone one can see thier low score satellite tents from lost to surviors show island hopping moffia murders on satellites drone chopters and netwookie`ss backups.Mex jail/london court rooms to Maddoff ripp off backed by netwookies same old spit here also gay beat you dwont moffia hellywood`s evil ducks on deck

1009 days ago
10.

redada    

Well he was copying from the original version of The One: Making a Music Star, the USA copy of the Spanish Operación Triunfo started in Spain in 2001 and then worldwide :lol:

1009 days ago
11.

pimpc    

"I invented that Robin"...whooo whooo. stupid stern

1009 days ago
12.

Chris77    

OMG! Both Simon's are very rich, get over yourself.

1009 days ago
13.

Steven Seagal    

everyone knows my super fighting skills were used to create the X FACTOR.

--Seagal

1009 days ago
14.

Kathy    

Who would actually trust Simon Cowell to play fair?

1009 days ago
15.

Juan    

Aren't you rich enough you British Pig.

Bite Me!

1009 days ago
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