Idol Drama Begins: Nicki Cusses Out Mariah
Producers concerned Minaj, Carey will continue to fight
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2012 9:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – So much for "no drama" between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. The two new American Idol judges went at it during North Carolina auditions yesterday, and the fracas was caught on tape. Minaj and Carey disagreed over one of the performances, TMZ reports, and Minaj reportedly threatened Carey with, "I'm gonna knock you out." Sadly, that part wasn't caught on tape. What was recorded, as translated by TMZ, involves a lot of swearing from Minaj as Carey responds, but can't be heard, and Randy Jackson urges everyone to "settle down."

"Don't lose your head. Don't lose your head. Don't tell me I'm a gangster," Minaj says at one point. "Every time you patronize me, I'm-ma take it back, and if you've got a f***ing problem, handle it. I told them I'm not f***in' putting up with her f***ing highness over there." Producers are apparently concerned this could be an ongoing problem, though it certainly sounds like good TV to us.

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Oct 8, 2012 12:04 PM CDT
They're all making mimimum 45 K - 100 K a show Really ? 10 - 15 Million dollars and you have to get ratchet? People slave for a year to make what they make in 48 minutes!! I hope they all drown in feces
Oct 4, 2012 8:39 AM CDT
You think this makes good TV!?!? I think this is a sick and disgusting display of irreverence American Idol was once a respectable show, that discovered some quality talent. Unfortunately, the producers have decided that what we need is a replacement for Jersey Shore. It's truly sad. Many of the people who audition really want to try to make something of their lives, and this just mocks their endeavors. It is a slap in the face of those auditioning.
Oct 4, 2012 3:27 AM CDT
Picking two notoriously irritating people and sticking them together for hours on end? This is exactly what American Idol wanted. Personally, I'm so over the bickering-women meme. After all of the awesome options they discussed, I can't believe this is who they ended up with. Alannis Morissette was an option. And Adam Lambert. I'm so sad I can't watch THAT show.