On his radio show Wednesday, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest admitted new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got involved in an “intense” fight Tuesday at the Charlotte, North Carolina auditions. TMZ reports Tuesday’s drama prompted producers to end auditions early.
“It got heated between Nicki and Mariah. It was intense! I'll be honest with you . .. It went far last night. It did get intense,” he said.
Seacrest defend both Minaj and Carey. "[There's] nothing wrong with disagreeing . . . That's gonna happen, and it's okay," he said.
"These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants," he added.
In TMZ’s footage of the incident it appears Minaj felt disrespected by something Carey said. Veteran judge Randy Jackson pleads with the pair to calm down while Keith Urban avoids getting involved. “Think I'm playin? Think this sh*t is a f*cking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me -- off with your head!” Minaj snaps.
“I am not being disrespectful,” Carey insists.
“Don’t tell me I'm insecure, don’t tell me I'm inadequate ... you gonna get sent [inaudible] just fall back; don’t ... you don’t know [inaudible] I don’t feel inadequate. You’re the insecure one sittin' up there running down her resume every five minutes,” Minaj continues. “Every time you take a shot at me I'ma take it back, and if you gotta f*cking problem then handle it. I told them, I'm not f*cking putting up with your f*cking highness over there ... figure it the f*ck out. Figure it out.”
“Whyyyy, whhyyyyy... do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?” Carey says.
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