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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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Oh the humanity!! When will it end? Having to choose between Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, surely the apocalypse is upon us, like totally and to the max.

742 days ago


I'm with Simon on this one. I hate NBC.

742 days ago


wtf is happening to Simon's face? botox? collagen injections? his exterior is quickly looking as horrid as his insides are.

742 days ago


Lol at Britney doesn't know yet and is not going to appreciate it. I'm cracking up. Seriously, who the hell is Britney. She's a damn judge who 's getting her $18mil either way. Using the Britney sympathy card. I don't watch these stupid shows, they are so wasted up, ugh!!

742 days ago


Sounds like he's nervous. However, I do feel The
Voice doesn't need to do this - they're better.

742 days ago


Does anyone really watch the Voice? No choice here, I'll take Xfactor and Britney any day.

742 days ago


wah wah wah - all's fair in love and tv. Suddenly Simon is worried about integrity and gentlemanly behavior? His show failed last year - it will suck again this year.

742 days ago


seriously he is concerned about the Christina/Britney rival. Ummm hello he signed Britney to a show that is simular to what Christina was doing first. That in itself makes the rival worse to begin with. I don't care about either girl but seriously POT MEET KETTLE. Btw Simon there is nothing gentleman about the industry.

742 days ago


Wow all Simon does wahhh wahhhh his a guy. How pathetic of him for supp being tough he's crybaby. Let's see do I watch a show with his ugly ass or a show That has 3 hot guys and a gorgeous songstress that can sing like no one.Each of the coaches have real talent!! I'll watch The Voice. Hello Adam Levine Christina Aguilera Blake Shelton and Ceelo Green!

742 days ago


LOL!!! How stupid is that?! First of all, Simon, people have seen X-Factor US, and it sucks. Remember last year? No? Don't worry, nobody does. And WTF @ all that Christina VS Britney? Christina doesn't have anything to do in this decision, you moron!! LOL!!! You're only butthurt because you didn't think of it before. The Voice is a better show and its judges are better. You've been talking sh¡t about them since the beginning just because Christina refused to be on your pathetic show!!!

742 days ago


Since when did this UK douche decide what American TV does. They all suck anyways. Greedy MUCH.

742 days ago


Yes everyone should be afraid of a medicated lunatic that has to have a babysitter at 30-years-old Simon. How did you know?

742 days ago


He has enough money to have his own TV station. SimonTV...stop all this rubbish!

742 days ago


I plan to deal with this dilemma by not watching either of the shows.

742 days ago


Well, he is right. Britney is a proven ratings gold. She kept How I Met Your Mother from being cancelled, and her Glee episode is the highest rated. She is ratings gold and they know it. And let us not forget who is still able to go on tours, sell albums, and be on Forbes top lists every year (Britney). The Voice is a dwindling show with slacking numbers. This season will be even worse, watch. Team XFactor all the way.

742 days ago
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