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X Factor to TMZ

'Play Nice'

5/26/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Simon Cowell and Britney Spears want TMZ to know ... despite our stories about Britney having a tough time judging "X Factor"  ... they couldn't be happier. Let's be real -- Britney says she's talking to Harvey in the video, but she's really talkin' to you.

As TMZ first reported, Britney walked off during shooting on Thursday ... leaving four contestants to sing to an empty chair. Yesterday Britney took one short break during taping, but was otherwise much more outgoing than on Day 1.

We starting poking around late yesterday because we heard rumblings that Britney might be having second thoughts, but she and Simon want to make it clear -- Britney is going nowhere.

We gotta ask ...

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realitychecker    

How wonderful for her that Simon must be extremely desperate. It already appears to be too much for her to handle.

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Johnny Carcinoma    

All this mock controversy is great for the show -- I guess. I'll never watch and I have no interest in seeing anyone have a nervous breakdown on TV.

889 days ago
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Really!?    

Just giver her a chance! It's like she can never do anything good enough. She looks like she's in a good place and everyone is trying to knock her down. Shame on you TMZ!!!

889 days ago
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lovetohatecelebs    

Terrible lighting where Britney was recorded. she looks HAGGARD.

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Magz    

Wow....you people are a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it was Paula who took a break or J-Lo or Christina there would be no discussion about it, but cuz it's Brit there is a whole big story filtering through the media......The show has hardly started and all this already????????? Poor girl has no shot at proving herself.....
Good luck Brit!! <3

889 days ago
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John    

QUEEN BRITNEY

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John    

Why is she so flawless though?

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Mike44090    

Really, a 30 second commercial to watch a 27 second clip.

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Michael    

oh dear God, please stop. We could care less.

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Kevin    

As long as they treat Demi & Britney better than they did Cheryl.

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ketjo    

That was Simon being nice..TMZ ! He's asking for you to back off and get off your Britney pony...You are a major part of driving the girl crazy the first time with your constant hounding on your papz ..
Simon doesn"t play...push him to far and he will come after you TMZ and go for the heart (in your case Harvey's pocketbook ) .
Leave the woman alone...Or show the world just how dispiciable you and your kiddies really are...

889 days ago
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wow    

Don't like how other news outlets reference TMZ stories. It's really shoddy when they can't do their own stories.
This particular story is just to drum up interest and ratings.

889 days ago
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static    

I think Simon is going to get the train wreck he was hoping for.

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ExtraKetchup    

Simon looks stupid. Like a filthy rich British version of Fred Flintstone.

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ipassney    

awwwww, you guys [tmz] are just straight up pathetic...

have you ever considered putting yourselves in her shoes? you just sit down waiting for this sweet woman to mess up so you can get your quick bucks...

smh
it wouldn't even bother me if brit was a bitch, but she's literally the nicest celeb out there.

remember no one lives forever.... theres a special place in hell for y'all.

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