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Nigel Lythgoe to "The Voice"

Show Me a Superstar!

2/8/2012 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he actually doesn't have any beef with "The Voice" ... after that show's huge Super Bowl ratings. But he did challenge his competition to crank out real stars, a la Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood!

Plus, Russell Brand doesn't want a penny of Katy Perry's millions -- and there's a big debate in the newsroom: Is Russell a chump for not doing what 99.99% of divorcees do?

Also, smoking hot model turned NASCAR driver Maryeve Dufault joins us to talk about going from bikinis to helmets and fire-resistant suits. And Charles hopes she can explain to non-believers why NASCAR is more than left turns.


(3:15) Is Charles hallucinating, or is a man really doing push-ups on top of a truck outside?
(4:02) Russell Brand gives up $20 mil by not taking any of Katy Perry's money -- he's either noble ... or a massive idiot.
(9:25) Nigel Lythgoe calls in -- he likes the gimmicks on "The Voice" ... but he says singing shows are nothing without talent.
(12:20) How much of Idol's success is thanks to Kelly Clarkson?
(18:30) Model turned NASCAR driver Maryeve Dufault calls in -- she explains how she made the big switch.
(28:00) Charles tries to get Dufault to explain why NASCAR is more than just left turns. Doesn't work so well.
(30:00) Going to a strip club with your wife ... awkward.
(34:20) Emmet doesn't understand why people hate Michael Vick more than athletes who've hurt human beings.
(43:00) The more you know -- Charles and Van talk about the difference between being called Black and African American.


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Sonya in Tx    

It shows that Russell has class to walk away from the marriage with his dignity. Bravo Russell!

991 days ago

Cheryl A.    

He is a man and acting like a man. Good for him!

991 days ago


Russell is a mensch! Enough said.

991 days ago


I didn't think he would take the money. He's got plenty & his earning potential is huge. He just wants out.

991 days ago

Virtual Insanity    

I don't blame him. There's no reason for him to profit from an unhappy ending. He didn't put his career on hold to support Katy. They don't have children. He doesn't need the money. A clean break is a healthy break, imo. Good for him.

991 days ago


He is doing what anyone with a conscience SHOULD do! He knows he did nothing to earn that money. It's hers - not his.

Besides, he does quite well on his own - thank you very much! PS. Harvey, you are adorable! :)

991 days ago


Besides the Russell Brand thing, it sounds like they are really reaching into the gutter today for topics.

991 days ago


Why are people discussing this. Its his bussiness!!

991 days ago


She probably threatened to kill his a** if he went after her money. That seems more realistic than him being a 'good guy'.

991 days ago


Mike is still trying to be relevant, I see. What happened to the gym?

991 days ago


I had a dream that YOU called ME. That seems more realistic than me calling in. Just saying.

991 days ago


Dumb move.... Women clean out men all the time when they divorce, why should it be any different for him? He could have easily pocketed a few million for a marriage to her. I find it odd that some women are saying he did the right thing, but have no problem when it's the other way around and a woman cleans out a man's financial wealth even though she had no part in making it.

991 days ago


BFD she used to be a model and show she drives, fascinating stuff. What has happened to TMZ?!?

991 days ago


ewww ohh

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