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Britney Spears

Walks Off 'X Factor'

5/25/2012 3:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears walked off the set of "X Factor" moments ago ... and according to several people in the audience, she was upset after a contestant butchered her song, "Hold It Against Me."

Britney did not come back immediately ... and four contestants auditioned in front of the remaining judges ... and an empty seat.

Someone connected with the show tells us Britney was not upset over the song -- and that she "Just took a short break."

The show is currently on a break -- so we don't know if or when she will return to her seat.

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46.

Dancecrazy    

TMZ you drank the Kool-ade . This was so staged! I'm sure they have a whole bag of tricks to make her seem interesting.

778 days ago
47.

Susan    

Train wreak coming down the tracks!!!!!

778 days ago
48.

Meggie24    

AND SO IT BEGINS.

778 days ago
49.

Velvet    

I'm glad Simon wasn't worried about a britney meltdown, oh and did you see those thunder-thighs in that disaster of a pink dress??? Simon says great choice ..

778 days ago
50.

panchang810    

Simon could have done much better. There are countless more talented and more disciplined music artists that he could have gotten to replace Paula and Nicole. To name a few, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Shania Twain, Fath Hill, Carrie Underwood, Janet Jackson or even PINK. But no, Simon preferred two irresponsible talentless brats who were known for acts that helped obliterate their career. For heaven's sake I don't even know any hit song that Demi Lovato had, or did she have any?

778 days ago
51.

ummm?!    

Probably had to make a bathroom run. A nervous stomach = diarrhea.

778 days ago
52.

LoriHackney    

Maybe she had to take a prozac break. She's ill, give her a break. Her handlers are probably forcing her into this **** anyway LOL

778 days ago
53.

JimmyB    

Gosh...didn't see this comin'. She has the temperment of a gnat.

778 days ago
54.

victory    

She's not mentally prepared for television. I suspect she had a panic attack. She'll be out within a week. Too unstable.

778 days ago
55.

Hank    

Really? Are they really paying this mental patient 15 million what mistake. Does anyone really listen to this loser anyway?

778 days ago
56.

NTL    

What?! I believe I could handle a lot of **** for 15 million dollars for a few months of work. She is crazy as hell. Even if its her nerves...take some Paxil and get back out there...Why can't I have an easy job like this.....?

778 days ago
57.

Smarg    

Simon's greed got the better of him. She's nucking futs.

Good look with that, Simon.

778 days ago
58.

I am Spartacus    

Too bad they can't lip sync like she does

778 days ago
59.

patgalca    

The much predicted melt down? Already?

778 days ago
60.

jeff    

"DRAMA!"

778 days ago
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