Chris Crocker of 'Leave Britney Alone' Fame Talks 'X Factor'

Chris Crocker Sundance Portrait - P 2012
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Chris Crocker Sundance Portrait - P 2012

The web-lebrity, who became famous for defending Britney Spears in a 2007 viral video, says the singer wasn't a good fit for Simon Cowell's Fox competition.

Remember when Chris Crocker begged people to LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE?

That was back in 2007, when the 25-year-old video blogger and Tennessee native -- then a teenager -- gained global fame for his impassioned (to say the least) YouTube defense of Britney Spears' dismal "comeback" performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Six years later, the clip has garnered more than 45 million hits.

Meanwhile, Spears is leaving The X Factor after a one-season stint as a judge alongside Simon Cowell and fellow formerly troubled pop singer Demi Lovato.

"You know, the thing that makes me a great supporter when I am a supporter is because if I support you, it's because you need it," Crocker told THR last week. "And I think that a lot of Britney fans or fans of people in general think that being a fan means you have to be delusional and blindly follow your idol -- which I don't believe in having idols, I believe in being your own, contrary to popular belief.

BUT I will say this because I'm a honest supporter and not delusional: I think that she's not a great judge. I think that she's fed, like, one or two sentences in an earpiece or told what to say beforehand. It just  doesn't seem very natural to me. And I think that she needs to either go back to music or take a break."


Confirming the rumors, Spears officially stated Friday that she would not be back for season three. "I had an incredible time doing the show, and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens, but it's time for me to get back in the studio," she said.

As for Crocker, he continues to post confessional videos on his YouTube channel, and the documentary Me @ The Zoo -- of which he's the subject -- is being released for download from iTunes and Amazon starting Tuesday.

The film, Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch, premiered at 2012's Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by HBO Documentary Films. It chronicles Crocker's experience as a transgendered gay man itching for his big break in Hollywood and also features his relationship with his mother, an Iraq war veteran who suffers from substance abuse issues and post-traumatic stress disorder. (Read THR's review here.)

While Veatch again explores themes of cyberspace with the upcoming doc Love Child, about internet addiction, Crocker remains focused on his videos, his music (there's also a YouTube network for that) and his acting ambitions. (He says he'll soon shoot a TV pilot but declined to give details on the project other than that it's a "dramedy" and he's a main character.)

"There's a lot of hurdles that I've overcome personally and professionally, so for these people to take a chance on me at all is risky for them -- so I'm very honored," he said.