Buh Bye, Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj! Why 'Idol' Won't Miss These Divas

The sparring judges have officially left the singing competition. But who will they fight with now?

Ding dong, the witch is dead! Depending on your point of view, that sentiment might refer to Mariah Carey's departure from the American Idol judging panel on Thursday. Or it could be aimed at Nicki Minaj, who announced her own decision to leave, just two hours after Carey did.

At 2:07 pm, Carey's PR firm sent out this message: 

At 4:13 p.m., Minaj followed up with her own farewell:

 

Fox sent out releases immediately after these tweets appeared, praising Carey for her "wisdom and experience" and Minaj for her "honesty and passion." Graciously, the network's statements didn't tell the dueling divas not to let the door hit them on the way out. Carey carted off a reported $18 million for her inability to pump up the ratings, while Minaj got an alleged $12 million for her annoying eye rolls and nasty asides. Their verbal brawls might not have helped the show much, but both ladies benefited from the experience financially, as well as in a promotional sense. Carey got to publicize her new album on the show, while Minaj raised her profile far beyond her hip-hop fan base. So ... hurray for them.

Both women are embarking on new projects, with Carey heading out on a world tour and Minaj taking on her first major movie role (since voicing Steffie the mammoth in Ice Age: Continental Drift). Minaj plays Cameron Diaz's "opinionated" law firm assistant in the film The Other Woman, due out next year. Do we think she can pull that off?

 

 

Oh yeah. No problem. Let's just hope the movie's director will provide Minaj with someone to feud with. Clearly, she's at her best when her claws are out.

Meanwhile, there's no word yet on her next thespian project, despite her recent revelation to MTV News that acting is her first love. But we have a suggestion. Grumpy Cat just signed a movie deal. Maybe she might prove a suitable opponent for the fire-breathing Minaj!

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