TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Mark Burnett

Simon Who?

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

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."

38 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

Truth    

DOES TMZ DO ANY F*CKING RESEARCH??? UM... OBVIOUSLY NOT. THE VOICE WAS CREATED BY JOHN DE MOL, A DUTCH MEDIA MOGUL NOT MARK BURNETT. BURNETT IS JUST THE EXEC PRODUCER FOR THE US VERSION OF THE SERIES. THE VOICE NETHERLANDS WAS THE ORIGINATING SERIES IN 2010. THE OTHER COUNTRIES ARE JUST INTL EDITIONS. COWELL IS A F*CKING CRYBABY... BOO-HOO, WAH WAAAHHH! #TRUTH!!

740 days ago
17.

Truth    

BESIDES... WITH INTERNET DOWNLOADING, FULL STREAMING, DVR, YOUTUBE, ET AL NO ONE GIVES A SH*T WHEN THEY AIR. IF PEEPS WANNA SEE IT THEY WILL FIND A WAY (A FREE WAY). #TRUTH!!

740 days ago
18.

Katz    

Hay Simon, no one cares about Britney! We will all be watching "The Voice". No, I won't be watching American Idol or X-Factor.

740 days ago
19.

LCS27    

Team The Voice here!

740 days ago
20.

Big D    

Both shows suck so who cares

740 days ago
21.

....    

Mark Burnett isn't the mastermind behind The Voice... The show was created by Dutch media tycoon John de Mol

740 days ago
22.

yodie63    

::

740 days ago
23.

gina    

See what a mean Simon Cowell is such a moron. Mark Burnett and his gang are so classy way to handle that stupid cowell Mark. Thank you Mark for doing a great show and staying classy while others cry like and whine like a baby!!

740 days ago
24.

IsYouForRealXFactor    

Can we talk about how Britney completely ripped off Christina's tough judging style and personality?

740 days ago
25.

adelle    

I'm not saying the guy is a liar, but it is quite suspicious that a head honcho had absolutely no input about the changing of time slots, let alone hadn't even heard about it. And to be perfectly fair, I believe this was a very ballsy move, and not a fight the people at the "Voice" will win. Putting two women that are no strangers to controversy on X factor is a ratings goldmine waiting to happen. If I were the voice I would have just accepted it as it was, and handled it with a bit of dignity. At least that way they wouldn't have to run away with their tale between their legs. All they have really done with this is set themselves up to be crushed like bugs. You can't tell me people aren't interested to see if Britney goes off the rails because that would be a lie. The Voice's best card is C.A. That being said, they have no leg to stand on and are going to regret trying to compete with X.F

740 days ago
26.

melanie hoyt    

The music reality shows are in the "maturity" phase of the product life cycle per basic marketing textbooks. There are only 5 phases with the 5th being "decline."
This 4th "maturity" phase is characterized by: (1) many competitors enter the field; and (2) cutthroat competition. This is "what's goin' on" here. The product life cycle is applicable to all products and services. Audiences will be searching for the next big thing. Both Mr. Cowell and Mr. Watson know this.

740 days ago
27.

aaron    

It's a competition! Simon said it himself! You don't compete by sitting down and letting the competition do well w no response. You certainly don't whine the way Simon did. If your show is better, go head to head. Stand behind your product no matter what gets in your way. Survival of the fittest!

740 days ago
28.

Susan62509    

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

Is Simon really that desperate or completely losing his mind to make that statement? It's the best laugh I've had all week.

740 days ago
29.

Latch Johnson    

Mark Burnett. The "mastermind" behind a clone of a clone of a clone of a stupid singing show. He should be proud.

740 days ago
30.

JINSANJOSE    

I will not be watching X-Factor anyway. I much prefer The Voice, So you think you can dance & American Idol. This article is the funiest thing I have ever read. He keeps kicking judges off the show & sorry Simon, but Ryan Seacrest is great as the host. Nothing like a little whining to let everyone know when the show is to start.

739 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web