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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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NoBozo    

Sounds like she needed her meds adjusted.

723 days ago
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Katz    

This show stinks as bad as American Idol. Now he wants to give a Kardashian a job at X-Factor! Is he joking?

723 days ago
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Ashlyn    

So, she has a panic attack because someone sang her song badly? Yep, she's real deserving of $15 million to judge this show. Not.

723 days ago
49.

IA    

How is this news? Half the people who start new jobs want to quit immediately. Heck, I still want to. :) The important thing is she's sticking with it. Give her a break.

720 days ago
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Alexandria    

haha I just record The Voice and watch the X Factor. Then watch The Voice later.

717 days ago
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judy    

The judges for X Factor are the worst ever!! I used to like Britney Spears but SHE HAS NO PERSONALITY, looks like plain Jane and is very boring. Demi looks horrible and both of them bring down the image of X Factor.Last season was great with Paula Abdul and Nicole! They had class and personality! Britney and Demi will ruin X Factor.
I loved it last year, but hate it this year and don't even want to watch it again. Britney presents the worst image of any entertainer I have ever seen on a show.

710 days ago
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