Simon Cowell: Britney Wasn't A Good Choice

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.

Simon continued:

“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.”