Mark Burnett Says The Voice Third Night Not About X Factor (RIGHT)

TMZ caught up with The Voice producer, Mark Burnett who insists that Simon Cowell is reading things that aren’t there into NBC’s decision to run a third night of The Voice during premiere week against X Factor.

Mark Burnett — the mastermind behind “The Voice” — says Simon Cowell is delusional to think Mark is going head-to-head with the premiere of “X Factor” to steal Britney Spears‘ thunder.

Burnett tells TMZ … he didn’t even know NBC added “The Voice” to next Wednesday’s schedule until we called to tell him.  Burnett said, “There was never ever a meeting or a discussion of what my show was up against.  The fact is … it shows you where our minds are at and where others are because it literally never crossed my mind.”

Burnett — who also created “Survivor” — tells us, “This is someone trying to read into something that doesn’t exist.”

Simon claims the folks responsible for “The Voice” have heard how good Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are … so they’re trying to keep the audience away from “X Factor.”

And Burnett had this parting shot … “I’m just glad we’re on Simon’s mind.”

Of course Burnett will play dumb in order to make Simon appear irrational.  But it’s a tricky question. In reality, the producer probably had NO say in the decision to run The Voice a third night. It was NBC’s call. And if anybody believes the network isn’t trying to eff with The X Factor. Well, there’s that bridge in Brooklyn etc, etc…

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  • callmecrazy

    And I’m the Queen of England! 

  • DoesMonaKnow

    So, is NBC going to show more audition episodes than they originally planned to? They have already been taped but wouldn’t they have to alert the producers that, hey, at some point you’re going to need to stretch out the content you have into more episodes? Like how Idol had a Hollywood episode with practically no singing because they chose to focus on the drama. Imagine with The Voice you’d leave in more of the judge banter if you needed to stretch for time.

  • usedtobelucy

    Oh, well. I’m just glad that, unlike Simon and Mark, I don’t have a job that requires me to lie every 25 minutes. 

  • b_james

    Did Simon actually call out Burnett?  Because even if he’s talking about NBC, he’s right.

  • TheGreatXL

    Uh huh, just like when Fox magically had an extended Glee episode on the night of The Voice’s first season premiere. So funny how things work out like that…

  • AXG

    Oh Shut it Simon, if the shoe were on the other foot you’d be doing the same thing. You’re scared because X-Factor hasn’t delivered like you were expecting… 

  • Leandro

    Actually it was pretty much stupid to say that the Voice is afraid of Britney, even if it’s the truth. Simon basically  said that people
    would watch X-Factor just because of Britney, like she’s the only thing worthy to see in the show, diminishing the importance of the singing contest as a whole.

    Burnett did the only thing he could do, that’s playing the “don’t-know-what-you-are-talking” card.

  • Jordana33

    This is hilarious. Simon wouldn’t hesitate to piss-off or screw over The Voice if given the chance, so he’s probably good at recognizing when someone else is doing the same! Do I care? Not really. None of these shows (or networks) are above competing for ratings. Anyway, based on the way the schedule is set up, I actually believe Mark Burnett….this time!

    Looking at next week’s schedule for NBC, I really don’t think that it was designed to hurt X-Factor. For starters, The Voice is not adding extra hours, they’re just splitting their 2nd day, which is normally 2-hours long, into two 1-hour installments. I suspect NBC’s doing this to boost ratings for their new Tuesday shows “Go On” and “The New Normal”, whose premieres will have The Voice as a lead-in. Those two shows will have the added advantage of not having to compete with the other major networks that generally air their new shows later in September. That 8-10pm slot on Wednesday is split between The Voice and America’s got talent.

    If anything, NBC’s setup also hurts The Voice. Had The Voice kept their 2-hour Tuesday slot instead of splitting it with Wednesday, they would have avoided any real competition. Contrary to what Simon believes, not everything is about him.

  • Enough already!

    Ah ha!   So NBC is doing a wee wee on Simon’s baby?   Finding this very amusing!

  • hcpoirot

    If X-Factor season 1 had a giant rating like American idol, we will not hear Simon complaining all this.