In a new video leaked from behind the scenes at “American Idol,” rapper Nicki Minaj’s frustrations with fellow judge Mariah Carey boil over.
"It got heated between Nicki and Mariah," admitted Ryan Seacrest who was outside the auditorium during the dust-up. "It was intense! I’ll be honest with you … It went far last night. It did get intense."
The Young Money princess is seen—and barely heard—throwing curse words in Mariah’s general direction.
The incident took place on Tuesday during auditions in North Carolina. It’s not quite clear exactly what Nicki is saying, but she is visibly upset.
Veteran host, Randy Jackson, can be seen standing near Mariah making the “time out” sign with his hands, but no one seems to be paying that too much attention. Co-host Keith Urban, who was seated between the two, is doing an equally awful job trying to calm Nicki.
According to TMZ, Nicki said, “I told them I’m not F_Ck!n’ putting up with her F_Ck!n’ highness over there.”
Rumors of discord between the two female judges on the panel began surfacing as soon as it was reported that Nicki might be joining the show. However, some suggest that the drama between Nicki and Mariah has been manufactured to increase interest in the series, which has slipped a bit in ratings.
When asked about their "Idol" beef previously, Mariah brushed off the rumors.
“How are we gonna feud in two days? A feud takes a little longer to spread out,” Mariah told MTV News last month. It seems three weeks has been long enough, at least for Nicki. The two began working together on September 16.
Mariah hasn’t commented on the video, but her hubby Nick Cannon shared a few words with "Access Hollywood."
"My wife is the strongest and the classiest woman I’ve ever met. If you watch the video she just maintains her composure like she does. I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and the pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams. I hope this is not what the show is about, is the cat fights," he said.
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—Tracy L. Scott
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