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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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31.

dee    

This idiot has talked crap about The Voice since it premiered because Xtina didn't want to be on his show.
Then he gets her past rival to get on a show just like hers.
He did this on purpose.
I am so sick and tired of people making Britney out to be a constant victim. Give it a rest already. She is a grown woman and needs to be treated as such.
How dare Simon try to use Britney to garner sympathy for a freaking TV SHOW. What a douche.
And the fact that hes trying to blame Christina as if she has ANYTHING to do with picking out air dates.
Disgusting. Hes trying to use the whole Christina vs Britney thing.
Get over it Simon.
Oh and ill watch the show with actual talented people..The Voice.

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32.

Erica     

I've seen both. And by FAR The Voice is better. So you know I'll be watching The Voice. For anyone that hasn't seen The Voice they actually judge you by TALENT. Not Looks and then talent.

728 days ago
33.

sparced    

is this a fake article with some sort of anonymous source?

this is just too ridiculously whiny to even be real....

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34.

dee    

The Voice was nominated for an Emmy this year. That's because actualvocally talented people are Judges.

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35.

DJ Seduce    

Theres no choice here at all. Christian Aguilera is 10x the talent that Spears WILL EVER BE! Plus the Voice actually has REAL talent on there show.

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36.

Chris    

Simon Cowell should be the one afraid of Britney. Christina Aguliera didn't have a complete and udder mental breakdown.

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37.

maya     

this is funny he is acting like somone will die. is the voice that big!

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38.

wonkers    

Did you hear the promotion? Christina vs Brittney? Like Christina has a say so on when the network puts a show she is just a part of on the air.

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39.

Fox_Den    

The only reason he chose Britney was to start this "Britney VS Christina" war (because he obviously lives in 2001), and he's been talking sh¡t about The Voice since day one, and now he's mad because NBC wants to hit back? The Voice doesn't even need to mention X-Factor, Christina even congratulated Britney! SIMON IS SCARED!!!! LOL

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40.

David    

It doesn't surprise me that Simon is mad and saying all those thing as Christina refused Simon Cowel's offer to be on XFactor before The Voice existed.

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41.

Willian    

I prefer watch Christina Aguilera
she's more talented!

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42.

Sassyfre    

I'm for xfactor. Christina is freaking annoying on the voice. I love the guys though

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43.

Fox_Den    

Sure, when you're affraid of someone you add an extra show to go against her... LOL LOL Really, Simon??? They're showiny YOU that they're not affraid of Britney or anybody. You're the one who chose Britney, they are playing YOUR game. Stop sounding so mad!!!

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44.

dee    

Britney is going to be so devastated crying into her 18 million dollar check.

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45.

LCS27    

The Voice> X Factor >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> that show with SeaCrest , Randy, what's the name??

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