Simon Cowell’s tune about Britney’s role as a judge on The X Factor’s drastically changed since the “Work *****” singer left his show, telling Ellen DeGeneres his goal was to hire the biggest superstar he could find.
Ellen said Britney isn’t much of a “talker,” to which Simon replied
“I didn’t realize that! I kind of booked someone who couldn’t talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge.”
Backstage X Factor pre-show host, Adrienne Boulon, told the ladies on The Talk Britney can’t hold a conversation either and was fed what she’s supposed to say.
“She wasn’t comfortable being negative, she didn’t like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable. I liked her. So we decided to change it this year.”
“I think if I’m being honest with you, Ellen, there was a time I think everyone was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel,” he explained. “And in terms of a pop singer? Jennifer Lopez and the other one on The Voice… I can’t remember. Blondie. Christina [Aguilera]. And we said, ‘We’ll take Britney.’ She was fine, but I think she found it very uncomfortable.”