Is Nicki Minaj's Lack of Professionalism on 'American Idol' Endearing or Just Irritating?

The judge eye-rolls her way through episodes and even showed up late to a live show -- is her job on the line?

If you showed up late, regularly dropped the f-bomb, picked fights with your coworkers and repeatedly threatened to quit, how long would you last in your job? Certainly not as long as Nicki Minaj in her current gig as American Idol judge. The 30-year-old rapper/singer has done all that, plus roll her eyes at least 20 times an episode.

Why is this narcissistic brat still showing up on our TV screens every Wednesday and Thursday night? (Aside from the fact that a lucrative contract's been signed?) 

This week, she finally may have over-stepped her bosses' obviously flimsy bounds. When she turned up 15 minutes late to Wednesday's live show, she left producers scrambling and host Ryan Seacrest stalling for time (ad-libbing jokes about the other judges giving Nicki the wrong directions to the theater, etc.). 

“Ryan was the angriest and Nigel [Lythgoe, executive producer] was mad too. Nicki knew better,” a source told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “And Mariah was just annoyed. She’s really over [Nicki]. They were all just embarrassed that it happened.”

On Thursday night, when viewer votes left Curtis Finch Jr. ranked in the bottom two (alongside Devin Velez), Minaj sulked and eye-rolled until it was her time to talk. "I mean, come on, America? Are you kidding me?" she groused. "Curtis, if you go home, I'm going home." Later, when Finch Jr. was indeed sent packing, Minaj jumped up and made for the door. She only walked a few paces before turning back, though. (Again, no doubt, because of that lucrative contract.)

Minaj's behavior was distracting, but the revelation of the Top 3 contenders -- Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller -- was fairly predictable. The only other notable aspect of Thursday night's show was a new twist: Seacrest is now telling contestants where they fall in the rankings (which The X Factor did last season). That's a fairly interesting turn of events. But maybe not as interesting as Minaj's platinum hair (with prominent black roots), disco-ball eye shadow, and her reckless reputation, which kept us guessing what she might do next.

In any other workplace Minaj would have been fired long ago. The sacking would have come right after Summer Cunningham's audition in Charlotte. “Oh, you’re right," Minaj snarled at Randy Jackson, amidst a debate about how to advise the singer. "I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the f**king panel! Let me get off the panel.” 

But, folks, Minaj does work on TV. More f-bombs to come.

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