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Britney Spears

Almost Quit 'X Factor'

On Day 1

9/6/2012 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears tried to back out of her $15 million "X Factor" deal on the VERY FIRST day of production ... after experiencing a panic attack on the set ... this according to Simon Cowell.

The "X Factor" creator just phoned in to "TMZ Live" ... and told us his people "half-lied" to the media back in May when they said Britney only walked off the set because she had to go to the bathroom.

"No one is going to admit that on the first day your highest paid star after 20 minutes has walked off set," Cowell told us.

So what really happened? Cowell admits Britney "had a moment on the first day where she said to me 'I'm not sure I can do this.'"

Of course, Cowell says he talked Brit back into the gig ... and now she's not only loving it, but she's developed into a kick-ass judge.

Cowell also blasted his rivals at "The Voice" ... claiming "Voice" honcho Mark Burnett was full of crap when he told TMZ he had no idea NBC moved his show to Wednesday night, where it will go head-to-head with "X Factor."

But Cowell tells TMZ he's going to fight back by launching a brand new ad campaign for his show ... complete with a tagline created by one Harvey Levin.

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Mumra the Ever Living    

OK, and your point is?

746 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Not surprising. Sitting next to Simon probably does cause panic attacks in most people.

746 days ago
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Tee    

He's trying to use the "crazy britney" comments to boost ratings.
It would be a shame if he only hired her in hopes the pressure of the show would make her go off.
He's despicable anyway.

746 days ago
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IsYouForRealXFactor    

Whoa. The truth comes out that Simon lied about Britney's first day and Christina. Pathetic of him.

746 days ago
5.

Areader    

Simon's whining because he knows The Voice is the better show!

746 days ago
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IsYouForRealXFactor    

How is The Voice making fans choose? So stupid. There's something called DVR and Tivo. Why doesn't he just admit he's pressed about ratings instead of dragging fans into it?

746 days ago
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RS-11    

I could see where it would be a lot of pressure to know that you are going to have to break some of those people's hearts. Especially some of the really young kids and the over 30's who want nothing but to be a famous singer. I would be hard watching them truly breakdown over you saying no.

746 days ago
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Nostradamus    

So not only does he unnecessarily air out Brit's personal matters (not that we didn't already know) but in doing so, he admits to lying about what he has previously said about it. I used to have respect for him.

746 days ago
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nh    

Simon Cowell comes off looking pissy. He should grow a pair and have a confident, 'bring it on' attitude. That would be so much more appealing than this continuing tantrum.

746 days ago
10.

Emilio    

Probably forgot to take her anti-anxiety pills...

746 days ago
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dimes    

Yesterday he's bitchomg about a timeslot. Today he's dishing on Spears. What will tomorrow's topic be? Is he going to be spouting off about something every day until his show airs? I get the whole free PR thing, but he's going to have to do a lot better than this to go anywhere near viral.

746 days ago
12.

MAX    

thats because she had to put up with that s***bag brit

746 days ago
13.

LCS27    

Simon is the only person I know who can tell more lies than TMZ.

746 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Well the girl is clinically unable to make rational decisions. What did you expect?
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Phishie from Philly

746 days ago
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O-C Guy    

Simon - A California court has ruled that she is insane - and it hasn't lifted her "guardian care" that prevents her from keeping her kids or having control over her finances & assets. What did you expect when you hired her? Unless, if was just for this sort of PR - if not, you suffer from a similar illness.

746 days ago
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