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Simon Cowell

'The Voice' is

Afraid of Britney

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

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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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106.

IsYouForRealXFactor    

Simon Cowell has been pressed ever since Christina turned down X Factor for The Voice. He's been slamming The Voice every chance he gets, like when he had an entire presentation dedicated to The Voice's "declining" ratings at the X Factor Upfronts. He also fails to mention how he constantly tries to stir the Britney vs Christina rivarly in so many interviews. Nevermind how he sought out Christina's rival to try to challenge The Voice. Now he's acting like a baby because NBC is fighting back against his shady tactics? Give me a break. He's clearly scared, because he knows the public will eventually get bored of scripted "in-control" Britney after the first couple episodes, who by the way is stealing Christina's tough judge personality and using it as a gimmick to try to impress the public. She doesn't realize that the only thing that will impress the public is a live, well done vocal performance.

755 days ago
107.

Tasha    

Who is KaliRaps?

755 days ago
108.

joey    

isnt that y we have dvr now !!!

755 days ago
109.

maya     

but you know if x factor got more ratings and it will!because britney is new you know. this also will be bad for nbc publicity it will be x factor beating the voice head to head!

755 days ago
110.

CX    

Simon sounds desperate he made personal insults at Christina and now he is playing victim. Christina is not in charge of making scheduling decisions. NBC made a business decision and Simon is worried he show won't match up. Christina vs Britney has been over since 2000. I'll be watching The Voice not Simon and his bullying, insulting, manipulating ways. He is using Britney and hopefully her management will wise up and get her off his show!

755 days ago
111.

mstr    

WHY U EDIDTED THE TITTLE..COME ON IT WAS TMZ EXCLUSIVE: Simon Cowell pissed at "The Voice"... HAHA POOR WEBSITE

755 days ago
112.

Lynn    

These show have become more and more about the judges and not the contestants. That's why I don't watch any of them anymore.

755 days ago
113.

Say what?    

Does he realize how childish he sounds? He is the one that is scared of The Voice. I don't blame him Something I love about the cast of The Voice. They keep it classy and do their own thing. Not letting outside forces affect them. Simon needs to sit and worry about his own show. He should be ashamed letting Britney on there knowing damn well she can't sing worth a flip. Team The Voice! Atleast they have judges on there with true talent! Peace!

755 days ago
114.

Blue    

There are just to many of those shows. That is good for people that like them, but I think I will watch something on my DVR during that hour if there is nothing else on.

755 days ago
115.

Truth    

BOO-HOO, CRY ME A F*CKIN RIVER... SIMON IS JUST A JEALOUS C*NT. WHAT, DID NBC SIGN A LEGAL AGREEMENT NOT TO APPEAR ON ANY DAY THEY WANT?? GROW UP COWELL. NETWORK TV HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY. PUT UP YOUR BETTER RATED SHOW TO MATCH AGAINST ANOTHER NETWORK'S NEWBIE SHOW. SOMETIMES IT WORKS SOMETIMES IT DOESNT. COWELL HAS A F*CKIN SHORT MEMORY. XFACTOR (US) HAS BEEN TANKING IN RATINGS SINCE IT DEBUTED LAST YEAR. ISNT THAT THE REASON FOR THE SWITCH IN JUDGES AND HOST WHO ALL GOT CANNED LAST SEASON?? WAKE THE F*CK UP AND SNIFF SOME COCAINE. GEEEZ... #TRUTH!!

755 days ago
116.

pat    

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."


So this show isn't about a talent competition anymore.


It's about WHO are the judges. Pityful. I wish they would all get off their high horses, starting with Cowell.

755 days ago
117.

Wendy A.    

Welcome to the Entertainment Business Simon.

755 days ago
118.

billy    

Simon Cowell sucks...

755 days ago
119.

Magina Monroe    

Simon is so childish and a hypocrite.Why bring up Christina?! She has ZERO say when it comes to Network Decisions.She does her jobs and gets paid.What the network decides to to do is their Decision. and why would the Voice be "Afriad of Britney" the General public will watch what they like!

755 days ago
120.

kitty    

Don't freak Simon, you people are gonna be watching the Voice. Blake Shelton is why.

755 days ago
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