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Simon Cowell

'The Voice' is

Afraid of Britney

9/6/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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136.

Shawna    

Uhhhhhhh.......ever heard of a DVR? I wasth both shows, I don't have to choose.....sheesh, it's not rocket science! And, we also have the internet now which allows us to watch television programs online. So what's the fuss about???????

687 days ago
137.

trose44    

LOL he needs to put the pipe down and step away. X Factor is just another stupid ass version of Idol, which they both need to go away. The Voice is new and actually entertaining to watch. Hey Simon guess what they are promoting their show, just like you have get over it and move on, guess we will see who kicks whose ass this year uh

687 days ago
138.

jmak2011    

Don't worry Simon I will watch Britney any day over that Skank Chritina. So not a fan of hers and never will be.

687 days ago
139.

tim    

How can a show with four people who CAN sing be threatened by a show with one judge who can't sing unless she is hooked up to synthesizers and filters?

687 days ago
140.

Lynn    

Just as we all suspected these shows are more about the judges any more than they are about the contestants. That's why I don't watch any of these singing reality shows anymore. The contestants are just props for the judges to get camera face time and sell themselves.

687 days ago
141.

whocares    

Britney has always won when it came to the Xtina/Britney so called feud. Just watch. She will win. People love her train wreck of an ass.

687 days ago
142.

Katz    

Hay Simon, No One cares about Britney Spears. She's yesterday's news!

687 days ago
143.

Logan    

Ok... Lets be real. Who actually watches LIVE TV anymore?!? Don't we all just DVR it or watch it online?! Gimme a break. I'll watch both show when I have the time thanks to technology...

687 days ago
144.

Michael    

Voice doesn't have a chance. Britney is RATINGS.

687 days ago
145.

TLD    

Gotta quite Eminem on this one- "...Britney's garbage! What's this *itch,retarded? Gimme back my $16!..." She can't sing! Only song I actually like is "Toxic".

687 days ago
146.

Sue    

Britney gives no credibility to the show. The Voice is the only show left that is about the singers.

687 days ago
147.

Rob    

Come on Simon....STFU! You are such a miserable, insecure POS! Who cares. "Voice" is a much better show. Go cry!

687 days ago
148.

play22    

It's a competition! Simon said it himself! You don't compete by sitting down and letting the competition do well w no response. You certainly don't whine the way Simon did. If your show is better, go head to head. Stand behind your product no matter what gets in your way. Survival of the fittest!

687 days ago
149.

Stripped713    

What utter BS! In this day and age no one ever has to CHOOSE between shows. With DVR, Internet and On demand its easier than ever for fans to make sure they never miss a show. Simon needs to stop acting like hes angry on behalf of the fans when really hes worried that the premiers ratings will be affected. And second of all how unprofessional of him to call TMZ and drag Britneys personal life through the mud and make her look bad. He is doing more harm to the show then the Voicer ever could. If I were Britney I would be very upset. And FYI Christina has only ever said warm and welcoming comments in her recent interviews about Britney joining X-factor. She has shown nothing but love and respect. Simon is trying to create a rivalry where it DOES NOT EXIST!

687 days ago
150.

KIMBCONT24    

DEMI IS THE BEST!! SHE'S AMAZINGG!! ♥♥♥

687 days ago
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