American Idol producers are breaking their silence after the feud between newcomer judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj hit a dramatic new level. The pop singer told ABC News reporter Barbara Walters yesterday that she’s hired extra security because rap artist Minaj had threatened to shoot her.
The production team issued the following carefully worded official statement Friday: “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. 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.”
Walters said Carey told her Minaj was overheard declaring, “If I had a gun I would shoot that bitch.” Minaj then fired back on Twitter, saying nobody from the Idol team heard the threat, and issued a series of tweets mocking Carey’s claim: “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. I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn.” READ FULL STORY