Simon Cowell: Britney Spears “Couldn’t Talk,” Was “Uncomfortable” on X Factor

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By Daniel Gates


Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell appeared on Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and he explained why Britney Spears lasted just one season on “The X Factor.” She “couldn’t talk” (video below).

Cowell said that Spears was originally hired because the various singing competition shows were going after the biggest stars possible, such as “American Idol” landing Jennifer Lopez and “The Voice” getting Christina Aguilera. But, as DeGeneres pointed out, Spears is “not a big talker,” which Cowell admitted turned into a “bit of a problem.” While he “liked” her, Cowell said Spears was “very uncomfortable” with the format. Check out the video below.

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