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Simon Cowell attacks 'weirdo' Martin Gore of Depeche Mode

X Factor boss criticises guitarist over shooting threats

Dean Chalkley
Pic: Dean Chalkley
Simon Cowell has criticised Martin Gore after the Depeche Mode guitarist claimed he wanted to "shoot" him.

Writing on Twitter earlier this morning (November 26), Cowell posted two tweets addressing Gore's comments that the pop mogul should be "shot".

In an interview last week, Gore admitted that he hates reality TV shows, especially the ITV 1 series, whose judging panel currently includes Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Responding to Gore, Cowell claimed such comments encourage real-life shootings, the kind of which have claimed the lives of many Americans this year.

He wrote: "I read Martin Gore wants to shoot me. He was in Depeche Mode. Do you realise how weird and stupid that makes you. Go and watch the news."

He then added: "Why I am angry about weirdo Gore is a ton of people have got shot this year and people like weirdo Gore encourage this."

Depeche Mode are currently working on a new album which is due for release next year. They will also play two dates at London's O2 Arena next May. To check the availability of Depeche Mode tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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