Simon Says NBC Pitting The Voice Vs. X Factor Is 'Dirty Tricks,' Frets Britney Will Be 'Devastated'

Simon Cowell, alleging that he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with NBC that The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor wouldn’t tread on each other’s turf, calls the Peacock’s decision to expand its singing show’s Season 3 premiere to a third night — thus pitting it against The X Factor‘s sophomore opener — is a “cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business.”

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“These guys have really got it in for us,” Cowell told TMZ, theorizing that The Voice is in a vengeful mood ever since it ventured across the pond only to get trounced by Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent. “It’s nothing short of dirty tricks.”

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Cowell — making the leap that Voice coach Christina Aguilera had any say in the scheduling maneuver — proposes that new X Factor judge Britney Spears “is not going to appreciate the fact that Christina, who has been a bit of a rival, isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own…. [Britney]’s going to be devastated, because she’s put her heart and soul into this.”