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’Idol’ divas Carey, Minaj take their feud public

By Frazier Moore

AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 03:44 p.m. HST, Oct 04, 2012

NEW YORK >> Is this “Idol” threat an idle threat?

Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning.

Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday’s blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.

Walters said Carey told her that “when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unspoken by Walters) bitch.”’

After a meeting on Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” according to Walters. “Mariah responded, ‘No, we will not.”’

Walters said Carey told her that the singer had hired extra security.

“Mariah said she doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally,” Walters reported. “But she will continue with the show because she loves the show. And she loves mentoring the contestants.”

Walters issued an invitation to Minaj, a past guest of “The View,” asking her to return to the show to give her side of the story.

But Minaj wasted no time responding with a string of Twitter postings.

One read: “Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. Ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao. I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it”

She continued: “Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol (at) the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz.”

A bit later, she tweeted: “I don’t call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave.”

Rumors of drama between Minaj and Carey began to swirl as soon as the new panel was officially announced on Sept. 16.

Then the blurry web video released Tuesday by TMZ.com displayed what appeared to be an argument between Minaj and Carey during the tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C. On the video, Minaj announces that she is no longer putting up with “her ... Highness,” in an expletive-enhanced reference to Carey.

Fox’s “American Idol” is still the nation’s most popular show despite a dramatic fall-off in ratings last season that led to Randy Jackson being joined by three new judges, who also include country singer Keith Urban.

The show’s new season premieres in January.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
You know, I'd really just like to listen to the contestants and not the drama of the judges. Lose the drama, gain a viewer.
on October 4,2012 | 03:02PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I choose the good looking one.
on October 4,2012 | 03:10PM
opalaedo wrote:
Nicki is such a no-talent ho, ho, ho!
on October 4,2012 | 03:41PM
katana77 wrote:
Nicki who?
on October 4,2012 | 04:27PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Nicki Minaj will NEVER be on the same level as Mariah Carey, talent-wise, personality-wise, EVERYTHING-wise. But of course, you never know....this whole thing might have been a drummed up "skit" by the producers to inject some excitement back into Idol because it is certainly dying.
on October 4,2012 | 04:42PM
st1d wrote:
nothing a little wesson oil and a rasslin ring can't cure.
on October 4,2012 | 04:54PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....you've got something there!
on October 4,2012 | 05:10PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Embarrassed I even read this story.
on October 4,2012 | 04:57PM
PaPakoolau808 wrote:
Train wreck!!! Gotta look!!! Hahaha!!
on October 5,2012 | 04:02AM
Yukio wrote:
Or maybe this is all a slick publicity ploy. You know how people love conflict. Maybe not everybody, but the kind who watch a lot of TV. Now people will tune in to American Idol to see how the two quarrelers are getting along. The producers of this show are probably thrilled with all the free publicity this cat fight has drummed up for the show since its ratings need a boost.
on October 4,2012 | 08:54PM
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