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Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon might have been better off just chilling at home this week, playing with their toddlers, Roc and Roe. Instead, Mariah gave a casually revealing interview that she might come to regret; while Nick found himself on an interviewer's couch, right next to his ex-fiancee.
Carey stopped by the Hot 97 radio studio on Tuesday, where she shared champagne and a chummy, rambling conversation with DJ Angie Martinez. You knew Carey was feeling uninhibited when she offhandedly admitted to being insecure. Then Martinez asked about her experience as a judge on American Idol, and Carey gave the sort of no-nonsense answer she might have given had they been alone in her living room. Watch below.
"Honestly, I hated it," she said, disregarding the most obvious tenet of public relations: Don't burn your bridges. I was led to believe -- I was the first person signed on," she said. "Heaven forbid I look like I'm saying something negative, but honestly, I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment. I was like, okay, Randy Jackson will be there, I've known him forever. This isn't a big deal. This will be nothing. But it wasn't that. It was like hell. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
Satan, in this context, is Nicki Minaj, her foul-mouthed, eye-rolling co-panelist. Truth is, Idol viewers already know this to be true: Whatever diva qualities Carey is reputed to radiate, Minaj's antics made her seem demure by comparison. So Carey would have been wise to take her own advice about wagging lips: "For me, I look at some relationships in the public eye, and I go, 'See, that's class, when you don't need to talk about the relationship that much,'" she said. Granted, she was talking about Cannon, but her desire for a little "silencio" would have applied nicely to her former coworker, too.
Cannon, meanwhile, visited Katie with his castmates of The Real Husbands of Hollywood. Also on the show that day: Selita Ebanks, the feisty model/swimsuit designer that Cannon proposed to in 2007 (via Times Square Jumbotron) just 12 months before he married Carey. Watch here:
"Maybe we should have put you guys on different chairs," Couric suggested. Or maybe her producers knew exactly what they were doing when they seated them together. Cannon jokingly accused Ebanks of not wanting to sit next to him, which left her speechless. "It's about to turn into a whole different kind of talk show," Cannon quipped.
Perhaps that's exactly what Couric was hoping for.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.