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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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76.

Sue    

She "put her heart and soul into" sitting there mocking people?? Aww. I feel so bad for her.

777 days ago
77.

Tamra    

No offense to Ms. Spears, but I'd take the talent of the four TRUE singers judging as opposed to auto-tune Brittany. I mean, talent is talent....not smoke and mirrors and bells and whistles.

777 days ago
78.

paul a.    

This is America, Simon. We only deal in blood sport here. You want a "gentlemanly" way of doing business then go back to Mother England. Good for the Voice. Stick it to the man!!!!

777 days ago
79.

Dan    

There's not been a choice since 1999 when everyone chose Britney, so NBC and Christina can just back the f-- off

777 days ago
80.

Max Smart    

Could Cowell be more of a tool? He shameless poaches the 'talent from other shows and throws money around obscenely in order to attract the stars & the ratings. ($5 mill prizemoney anyone?) He out of everyone knows there are no gentlemen's agreements in TV land. It's all about the money and only the money. Does he seriously think Aguilera or any other on air 'talent' has a say in which night the show airs? What a hypocritical wally.

777 days ago
81.

IceGypsy    

Screw them both! I'll be off watching Big Bang Theory :o)

777 days ago
82.

Cilla    

I love Britney but I'm so sick of Simon I hope the XFactor does fail. One less awful reality talent competition can only be a good thing.

777 days ago
83.

LCS27    

WHO CLICK HATE IN MY COMMENT IS A DEAF DUMBASS. I'M GONNA SAY THE TRUTH. XTINA= CAN SING. I DON'T EVEN LIKE HER BUT SHE CAN F.... SING!!!

BRITNEY = AUTO-TUNE PIECE OF ****., TRUTH! WHO DOESN'T AGREE IS A MORON !!!

777 days ago
84.

Jim in Cali    

I would be willingly to bet Britney could give a crap Simon.

All Simon is doing is trying to get publicity for a show he needs to do well in order to make $$$$$

777 days ago
85.

SDnRnRoll    

"Just leave Britney alone! Alone!"

777 days ago
86.

Joao    

This not so veiled promotion was brought to you by TMZ.
Where "Kissing up" is our motto.

777 days ago
87.

tellmeaboutit     

Cowell is a huge phony. Apparently people can't get enough of his bullsh*t 'cause they keep watching this stuff and its clones. LOL Pot meets kettle meets sheep.

777 days ago
88.

Everyones~A~Star    

Just watched Honey Boo Boo...even my guy liked them. This idol craps tired and old ya milked the tit dry already Simon, retire your rich , you can afford to. Give us a freeking break already. Bring on Honey Boo Boo Child. Refreshing to see REAL.

777 days ago
89.

Erika    

I'm watching X-Factor on Wednesday and DRVing The Voice. And it is punishing the audience for those who says it isn't. It's just way too much of one show for one week. To have 3 shows 3 days in a row is too much and then how long are they gonna be 2hrs each? Britney was always tops for me over X-tina when they were at the top of their game and Britney will be my choice once again. X-Factor definitely has the edge when it comes to likable casts.

777 days ago
90.

Jordan    

i think simon cowell is fearing the voice because of the sucess the voice has had with the ratings.

777 days ago
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