VIDEO: Simon Cowell Issues Warning To US Gossip Site Over Britney Spears’ X Factor ‘Meltdown’

Simon Cowell has issued a warning to US gossip site TMZ over their reports that Britney Spears is having a “meltdown” on The X Factor USA.

The mogul insists that the cast of the show are like one big happy family, and that there have been no “walk-outs”.

Addressing the site’s reporter Harvey Levin, Britney ends the vid by saying “Play nice, Harvey”.

Cowell is distracted in the video by his other new colleague, Demi Lovato, who deliberately walks across the shot at one point. Simon then jokes that he wishes she would walk out.

Britney missed four auditions during Thursday’s taping in Austin, Texas, with her absence reportedly down to fatigue rather than “second thoughts” about taking the job.

Despite being the one generating the headlines, it is Lovato who is tipped to be the breakout star of the second season.

She cost $14 million less than Spears to hire, cashing in “only” $1 million.