Simon claims that Fox and NBC had "gentleman's agreement" that their shows would air on separate nights --Mondays and Tuesdays for "The Voice," Wednesdays and Thursdays for "The X Factor" to allow fans to easily watch both. Simon believes that this is a retaliatory move on "The Voice's" part, after one of Simon's other TV shows, "Britain's Got Talent," totally trounced "The Voice U.K" in an overseas ratings war earlier this year. "These guys have really got it in for us. It's nothing short of dirty tricks...I can't bear it that the network is playing political games and playing with the audience," he says.
Moreover, Simon fears that someone else is going to be even more distraught: his new co-star, Britney Spears, who just happens to be the longtime frenemy of "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera. "Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina--who has been a bit of a rival--isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own," he gripes. "She's going to be devastated because she's put her heart and soul into this."