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Mark Burnett

Simon Who?

9/6/2012 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0905_mark_burnette_the_voice_articleMark Burnett -- the mastermind behind "The Voice" -- says Simon Cowell is delusional to think Mark is going head-to-head with the premiere of "X Factor" to steal Britney Spears' thunder.

Burnett tells TMZ ... he didn't even know NBC added "The Voice" to next Wednesday's schedule until we called to tell him.  Burnett said, "There was never ever a meeting or a discussion of what my show was up against.  The fact is ... it shows you where our minds are at and where others are because it literally never crossed my mind."

Burnett -- who also created "Survivor" -- tells us, "This is someone trying to read into something that doesn't exist." 

Simon claims the folks responsible for "The Voice" have heard how good Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are ... so they're trying to keep the audience away from "X Factor."

And Burnett had this parting shot ... "I'm just glad we're on Simon's mind."


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Cowell is a moron. The fewer people watching Britney, the better it is for Britney

775 days ago


my classmate's mother makes $84/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her check was $8514 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site

775 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Let the bull sh*it games begin.
Phishie from Philly

775 days ago

King of TMZ    

Since Simon kicked out:
- Sheryl Cole
- Tora Woloshin
- Terrel Carter

His puppet karaoke show was toast...
I am sure his big idiotic ego will do same mistakes again this season...

The man is 50somethings... knock knock Alzheimers...

775 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Honey Boo Boo is Britney Spears 1st cousin. Google it.
Phishie from Philly

775 days ago


Haha Simon's too powerful to take down, he has the money and influence and power to make big moves in the business, and the will and attitude for it.
Obvious calculated move from NBC to compete, as is the nature of the business, but kind of doubt Simon will sit back and take it without making some moves of his own for a little payback :D

775 days ago

She's baaaack    

It's time for all these people to move on.

775 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I didn't know we were even blaming The Voice. I always assumed this was an underhanded NBC move.

775 days ago

TJ Vegas    

Anybody else notice that Simon's bull completely overshadows any and all contestants on that show. Last season had a few really good singers, but his ego about stuff like this takes away from anybody noticing them.

775 days ago


This is all a bunch of PR BULL**** to stir up FAKE DRAMA to get people to watch these STALE shows! Cowell and Burnett are more than likely in on it together as a "I'll scratch your back you scratch mine" sort of thing to garner a bigger audience. IT'S ALL BULL****!

775 days ago


It's clear that Simon Cowell is the one who is pressed.

775 days ago


In the age of digital media, Internet, and DVRs, the type of people who like both these kinds of TV shows will find a way to watch them both regardless on what time they are on. So all this bickering from Simon is basically nonsense!

775 days ago


simon cowell is a brillant business man, and the more he talks about this the better for him, this story ha***** all major networks, so if someone didn't know when this season's show would premiere and that brittany spears was on they know now.i personally don't give a ****!

775 days ago

R. Cortez    

What a wuss. This is business not politics. Just say that's business and leave it at that.

775 days ago


I really can't believe people still watch these talent contests, lol... I was over American idol by season 3 and certainly don't plan on watching any of the competitor talent shows.

775 days ago
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