The Voice Riled Simon Cowell Exactly As Planned

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Simon Cowell is sighted leaving The Dorchester Hotel on November 11, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Sylvia Linares/FilmMagic) Photo: Kevin Winter/2011 Getty Images

The Voice's X Factor-baiting move to extend its premiere to three nights — directly in the face of X's Britney Spears–featuring premiere — didn't slip under Simon Cowell's acerbic radar. “I am pissed off about it," he told reporters on Thursday. "I think it's mean-spirited and I hope and I pray that it backfires on [The Voice] because this is one of the best shows we've ever made." Simon, dude. It'll all work out. They've invented this thing called DVR.