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Nicki Minaj wants fans to know that her feud with Mariah Carey is strictly nonviolent. The two new American Idol judges were caught on tape this week having an intense argument at auditions. On Thursday morning, Barbara Walters added fuel to the fire by airing Carey's side of the story on The View.
"Just before we went on the air, I called Mariah," explained Walters, who is friendly with the singer. "She said when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun, I would shoot that b***h.'"
Whoa! Walters went on to say that Carey was "very concerned" about her safety, and had hired extra security because "Nicki is unpredictable."
Minaj, however, would beg to disagree. In a series of messages on Twitter to her "Barbz," Nicki declared that she had never made any threats against her fellow judge, and accused Mariah of deliberately trying to undermine her credibility.
"Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper," Minaj tweeted. "Lmao. I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it."
"Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho," she continued. "Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz."
Minaj -- who has been backed up by Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, who says Walters' account was "absolutely not true" -- also said that Walters never reached out to her team for a comment. "I guess we're too dangerous," she joked. Still, the rapper isn't planning on working overtime to set the record straight. "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet," she tweeted on Thursday. "Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave."
Minaj seems to be in a battle for the last word, taking one last dig at Carey on Twitter, adding, "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."
Minaj's approach may seem to be a bit over-the-top, but according to an American Idol source, it was only a matter of time until she cracked. "Mariah has been saying little things to jab at Nicki from day one of shooting," they told People. "Mariah doesn't think Nicki can sing and doesn't think she should be judging folks. Nicki has been taking all of the jabs, but on this particular day she lost it."
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The Idol camp seems to be divided, as other insiders insist that Carey has not provoked Minaj. They revealed to People that the taped episode between the divas was not the first explosive encounter of that day.
"There was a contestant who liked opera, and Mariah was talking to her as a pop singer who also liked opera," says one insider. "Nicki cut her off and slammed her fist on the table. Mariah may have been going on a bit too long but she did apologize. But then Nicki flipped out and started yelling."
Even though Fox has yet to comment on the feud, an Idol source went on to tell People that execs "are talking about firing Nicki -- they are worried about how she will act during the live shows."
As of late Thursday, there seemed to be peace back in the land of Idol. "There was a photo shoot [Thursday] with all the judges and Ryan [Seacrest], and everybody showed up and it went smoothly," a source close to production revealed to People. "Everyone is looking forward to another full day of judging in Baton Rouge on Friday -- and to moving forward."
Speaking of Seacrest, he did give a post-mortem of the dust-up on his radio show on Wednesday, and he is trying to convince people that it was no big deal. "It got heated between Nicki and Mariah," he said. "There's nothing wrong with disagreeing, and that's gonna happen, and that's okay. These are all very different individuals with different perspective and different opinions... each one of those members of the panel this year is an essential ingredient to the sum of the show."
Hopefully those ingredients make for a tasty show, and not just a big mess.