“American Idol” judge Mariah Carey says multiple people heard fellow judge Nicki Minaj say, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the b***h” after launching a curse-filled rant at Carey during an “Idol” audition, Barbara Walters said on “The View” today after interviewing Carey.
Carey told Walters, who conducted the interview this morning before the show, that she “doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally” but will continue with the Fox show and has hired extra security.
Carey, 42, told Walters the altercation between the judges began when they disagreed on a contestant’s audition Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.
The judges had a meeting with producers Wednesday to discuss the altercation. After the meeting, Minaj told Carey, “I love you but we might fight again,” to which Carey responded, “No, we will not,” Walters said.
Minaj’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Fox declined to comment on whether the exchange happened.
But in a tweet this afternoon, Minaj said, “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.”
“Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence,” she added.
Fellow judge Keith Urban said he tried to stay neutral on Tuesday during the altercation in Charlotte.
“I was the UN,” the country singer told “Extra” Wednesday at the New York Film Festival premiere of “Paperboy.”
Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, chimed in, calling him “Switzerland.”
Urban, who is new to the judging table this year along with Minaj and Carey, loves working with such passionate people, he said.
“I love it, I got to say,” he said. “I love working with passionate people. I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It’s a very alive and very invigorating work environment. A lot of passion.”
Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, also gave his two-cents about the fight, which included Minaj, 29, calling Carey, “her f**king highness.” Cannon believes the fighting is detracting from what the show is really about.
“When you think about what the show is actually about and represents, I feel like it’s taking away from the quality of what ‘Idol’ is all about. This is about people accomplishing their dreams, experts guiding these young people to do what they’ve done,” Cannon told “Access Hollywood” Wednesday.
But Cannon stood by his wife, who is heard responding to Minaj in the video although it isn’t clear.
“My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met. If you watch the video, she just maintains her composure. I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people, this is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes, about the cat fights,” he said.
“The show is solely about a singing competition. That’s why America loves these shows, they want to see people reach a certain goal or win, and then to make it about something it’s not, [it] kind of shows that the producers and the network are losing their foot a little bit.”
Carey was unfazed by the altercation with Minaj, Cannon said.
“She called me and we were talking about the kids. At the end of the day, she’s a mom and that’s my wife,” he said. “We got diapers to change and kids to raise.”