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Nigel Lythgoe to "The Voice"

Show Me a Superstar!

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

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"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.

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(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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1.

Sonya in Tx    

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

899 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

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

899 days ago
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Howard    

Russell is a mensch! Enough said.

899 days ago
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TheUltraworld    

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

899 days ago
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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.

899 days ago
6.

Sherry    

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! :)

899 days ago
7.

Donovan    

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

899 days ago
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imtellinonu2    

Why are people discussing this. Its his bussiness!!

899 days ago
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campy    

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

899 days ago
10.

ForgetYou    

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

899 days ago
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campy    

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

899 days ago
12.

Dan    

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.

899 days ago
13.

Donovan    

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

899 days ago
14.

drdavec    

ewww ohh

899 days ago
15.

Donovan    

Next!

899 days ago
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