Brian Friedman has said he thinks Mel B is great for kicking hangers-on out of The X Factor rehearsals because it protects her acts.
The ITV contest judge was rumoured to have booted out anyone watching her acts rehearse who wasn't involved in the performance, and choreographer Brian confirmed the news.
He told the Daily Mirror: "It was definitely true that Mel kicked everyone out of rehearsals - I was standing next to her.
"If you don't have anything to do with the performance and it's not your act, there's no reason for you to be there. She wanted to give her artists the time to focus on their act without loads of people standing around watching them."
He explained: "When a guest comes in to rehearse their performance, they clear the studio. It's actually a cool thing for Mel to give her artist the same respect. I wouldn't say it's a diva move, it's more a professional move."