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Simon Cowell

'The Voice' is

Afraid of Britney

9/6/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell is furious at NBC for trying to sandbag next week's premiere of "X Factor" by adding a Wednesday installment of "The Voice" ... declaring, "This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business."

Simon tells TMZ, he thought he had a "gentleman's agreement" with NBC ... that "The Voice" would run Mondays and Tuesdays, and "X Factor" would run Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX ... so fans could watch both.

Simon says NBC is turning on its own audience, forcing them to choose between Christina Aguilera's show and Britney Spears' new show. And speaking of them, Simon says, "Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own."

Simon tells TMZ, he believes the move is as personal as it gets, because "The Voice" came to England and went head-to-head with Simon's show, "Britain's Got Talent" and got its ass kicked.

Simon says, "These guys have really got it in for us. It's nothing short of dirty tricks."

Cowell adds, "The reason they've done this is they don't want people to see 'X Factor' because they've heard how good the series is. They don't want their audience to see Britney Spears. They don't want their audience to see Demi Lovato."

Simon says he doesn't think Britney knows yet, but when she finds out "She's going to be devastated because she's put her heart and soul into this."

As for Cowell, he says he's not scared, adding, "I can't bear it that the network is playing political games and playing with the audience."


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Britain's Got Talent did not kick The Voice UK's ass. The Voice was winning for weeks at the start but Britain's Got Talent took the lead later. The Voice UK is coming back for another season anyway so I don't see how he 'killed' it. He's clearly scared.

780 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

"Coldhearted"? Pot/Kettle. But he's right about the sleazy move by the voice. There's enough entertainment to go around, no show can be all things to everyone. I hope voice's little move backfires just for what they did.

780 days ago


The audience isn't going to suffer from this. If they really want to watch both programs, they won't be forced to choose. They'll just record one and watch the other. It'll hurt Simon alone (if it affects the ratings for his show.)

780 days ago


I can't stand Xtina or Adam Levine. They are both way too into themselves. I will NEVER watch The Voice. I'll be watching X Factor!

780 days ago

Teressa Donovan    

Britney Spears will NOT die nor fail.

How was it that Simon could come over here and do well?

I adore BOTH and KNOW that they both will be fine. I do NOT nor EVER will accept hate!

<3 you BOTH, Britney Spears and Simon :)

-Teressa Donovan

780 days ago


Simon apparently doesn't realize that viewers can record one show while watching another one....

780 days ago


"Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own."

Wait for it........................................................................................................................AWWWWWWW!!!

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780 days ago


Simon Cowell should thank his lucky stars that America has not caught on to the truth: these shows like "The Voice" or "American Idol" are nothing more than auditions for Cowell's music label, to a contract that's severely substandard for the industry & takes advantage of the singers naivete. That's it. Cowell doesn't give a rats ass about anything but signing the next shi*ney spears. If America finally got it, they'd be so pissed off about the dishonesty & deception that the show would be over in 1 day. He should just shut his pie hole before he verbal vomits something stupid that gets him in trouble...

780 days ago


I can't stand the thought of Britney, being so mentally ill, making 15 million. I'm watching "The Voice"

780 days ago


C'mon Simon. You got Britney Spears as a judge to spite The Voice having Xtina. That's as dirty as it gets. Get over yourself.

780 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Ya Simon, make them an offer they can't refuse.
Phishie from Philly

780 days ago


Just need any common remote control with a channel-return button to go back and forth and watch both :D

780 days ago


GO AWAY karaoke competitions. You suck.

780 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Who Cares?

780 days ago
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