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Simon Cowell furious at Depeche Mode 'shooting' jibe

Simon Cowell (left) has hit back at comments from Martin Gore (right). Photo: Press Association

Simon Cowell has hit back at Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore for saying that the X Factor boss should be shot.

In an interview with MusicWeek, Gore said: "I'm not advocating violence but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell."

He added: "His influence on the industry over the last God knows how many years... It's just like, so many people think that's what music is."

Cowell hit back at Gore with some fierce tweets:

Cowell has previously spoken about receiving death threats which led him to hiring “a lot” of security.