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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 10/08/2012

‘American Idol’ producers speak out about backstage drama

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. (Michael Becker - AP)
After several days of behind-the-scenes drama on “American Idol,” the judges can take comfort in the statement that the producers finally released, in response to a multitude of press reports that there was tension between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey — to the point where Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters she has hired extra security for her and her infant children who are traveling with her.

Here’s what the “American Idol” producers had to say about Barbara Walters’ reporting skills:

“This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had,” they said in a statement. “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.”

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