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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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Phishie from Philly    

This is all for the ratings and its Simons way to play.
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Phishie from Philly

756 days ago
17.

IsYouForRealXFactor    

So sad that Simon is desperately trying to get sympathy ratings.

756 days ago
18.

Straight Talkin Texan    

So Simon is telling the truth now about lying then??? Nice...not!

756 days ago
19.

verlinda    

UUGUUUGGGGHHHH.TIRED OF HEARING HER NAME

756 days ago
20.

Fletch F Fletch    

"5 days to new season. Need free promo. Leak Brittney story."

There will be one more before Tuesday.

756 days ago
21.

Truth    

COWELL IS STILL A DUMBASS! CHECK XFACTOR-US HOMEPAGE ON NBC LATELY??? IT SAYS RIGHT ON THE PAGE THAT IT'S A 3 DAY PREMIERE WITH 3 DAYS OF AUDITIONS. THAT'S BEEN POSTED THERE BEFORE COWELL MADE HIS LAME BOO-HOO WAH WAH 5YR OLD CRY BABY RANT. SO IT'S NO SECRET HE DIDNT KNOW ABOUT IT. NOT A SURPRISE... WHAT AN IDIOT. #TRUTH!!

756 days ago
22.

tgrfan42069    

brit walking off was all part of the script.they will advertise her as could be leaving the first day to get viewers.just like AI does every year with the fake break downs and jlo saying she didnt know if she could keep doing it last year.

756 days ago
23.

LK    

SAD BRIIT SNAPPED & SHE NEVER CAME BACK C ALWAYS SEEMS LOST AND SCARED JUST SAY NO !

756 days ago
24.

Taazz69    

And people call Madonna an attention whore, Simon is trying HARD to make this lame duck fly

756 days ago
25.

janja    

you should have never hired her, she has no confidence to sing live how can she judge someone that does.

756 days ago
26.

LC    

Sender Home, she need a lot the rest.. She still not fully recovered!!

756 days ago
27.

Anony Teach    

I'm an elementary school teacher and suffer from social anxiety/panic attacks, and Christ, there are mornings when I feel panicking about the idea of facing 31 pairs of eyes. Poor Ms. Spears suffers from severe emotional issues so I can only imagine how she felt at the beginning of all of this. I don't care for her music, but am glad to see someone standing by her side and encouraging her during her re-entrance to show-biz/entertainment.

756 days ago
28.

Joao    

Simon says; more X-Factor made for media gossip.
TMZ: Yes Master.

756 days ago
29.

Susan62509    

Nothing like trying to correct a story from 4 months ago Simon. What took ya so long? Mark Burnett has a far more interesting show with The Voice and XFactor can't hold a candle in comparison. Since Simon is hot for the younger girls with questionable intellect, he threw his money down the drain while losing fans also.

756 days ago
30.

Montclair Grandma    

I personally am over watching all these talent shows:
American Idol, X Factor, America's Got Talent, and The Voice. They're no longer interesting to me. Also, I am
way over watching Britney Spears. Not even interested
in reading about her or her life.

756 days ago
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