Producers behind “American Idol” have finally stepped forward to address the current Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey rift and promised all is well in the world of reality television.
Despite documented footage of Minaj and Mariah sparring, the producers claim there are some inaccuracies in the alleged beef reports.
“This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next American Idol,” reads the statement. “Despite all the accusations and media speculation — much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge.” (MTV)
“The Voice” judge Cee-Lo Green took a similar stance when asked about the feud and downplayed its seriousness this week.
Cee Lo had just finished lunch in West Hollywood yesterday when we asked if he thought Nicki and Mariah’s “Idol” fight was legit — and he said, “This is Hollywood, California. Hardly anything’s legit.” As for a possible “American Idol” ratings boost following the Nicki/Mariah fight — Cee Lo says he’s not worried, claiming, “I’m not intimidated. I think it’s entertainment for everybody.” (TMZ)
A few days ago, Nicki got on Twitter and claimed even the “Idol” producers had her back.
“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 tweeted October 4th.
“Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz.”
“Barbara walters didn’t reach out from our team barbz. I guess we’re too dangerous. Don’t shake if u don’t wannA get shook!!!!” (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)
According to reports, Carey appeared on “The View” and accused Minaj of threatening her.
“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 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. (ABC News)