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Britney Spears

She Has 'X Factor'

Over a Barrel

5/25/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The honchos at "X Factor" wanted Britney Spears so badly, they literally gave away the candy store by giving her the right to do things during production that are not "normal" ... and that includes taking breaks whenever her little heart desires.

As TMZ reported, Britney walked off the set yesterday during the first taping, leaving behind an empty judge's chair while 4 contestants did their thing.

Sources connected with the production tell us Britney was "overwhelmed" and needed to leave. People who were at the taping tell us she was upset by the audience reacting negatively to some of her comments.

Fact is ... "X Factor" wanted Britney so desperately, she was able to negotiate terms that are "unheard of" -- so say people with direct knowledge of her deal. As one source put it, "Simon is a smart and shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything to come on board -- and he did."

So Britney is allowed to walk off any time she wants. And that's just the beginning. Britney can do just about anything she wants ... and get $15 million in the process.

Nice work if you can get it.


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ted gonzales    

Your articles are always of great quality, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one particularly. I do hope you continue to create more writings.
Thank you!

844 days ago


Simply tell her to time her smoke breaks with Simon's.

844 days ago

Ratings Needed    

They want free PR & they'll get it on the back of Britney. They may even be instructing her to do these things as a ratings grabber when the show starts. In case you're not aware Britney has a disorder & is ok as long as she remains on her medication. Don't be so negative toward her....remembr Karma.....

844 days ago


She's still a mess. Totally manic and barely in control. They'll be sorry.

844 days ago


What a SPOILED BRAT! I can't believe they paid the LIP SYNCING TRASH all that money. What a waste :/

844 days ago


Yeah, this will be an SNL skit in no time. Britney wandering around on and off the stage while the performers try to get her attention.

844 days ago


That's horrible considering how bad she was yesterday. She was like a zombie and it was just sad to watch. Her comments were ridiculous and the audience couldn't help but laugh at a lot of the things she said. They're going to discover quickly that they really lost badly with her and scored a major gem with Demi, at least that's how it looked yesterday being in the audience (and right behind Britney and Simon).

844 days ago

Wow ...    

She has a disability, so they have to accommodate - it is the law.

844 days ago

Jim in Cali    

LOL at these articles. TMZ must be getting a cut from X Factor to create all these ridiculous headlines.

844 days ago


X-Factor has become a freak show with freak show judges Simon has jumped the shark.

844 days ago


She looks like she is 50. All aboard the trainwreck that is going to happen.

844 days ago


Simon was just thinking with his little head. You can see it in the photo with him rubbing shoulders with her while the other two judges are off to the far left in their own separate space.

844 days ago


I hope Simon gets screwed for hiring such an UNSTABLE dingbat!

844 days ago


The reason she asked for that is because of her panic disorder. She gets very anxious in public confrontation. I feel so bad for her, i have it too and I would have asked for the same thing. Shes not crazy, she just has anxiety disorder so everyone who does not have it... thinks she is. I LOVE YOU BRIT!

844 days ago


Everything is fine, stop trying to bury her Harvey. Has she not paid your ransom? Bad press until she pays?

844 days ago
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