Mariah Carey says she’s had to hire extra security and “doesn’t feel comfortable” at the “American Idol” auditions after show staffers told her that fellow judge Nicki Minaj muttered, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the [b----]” after the two divas argued, Barbara Walters reports.
Just when you didn’t think this melodrama/stunt between the two music stars who’ve been hired to jack up the ratings on Fox’s singing competition series couldn’t get any better, in steps Babs and “The View.”
“Nicki is unpredictable and Mariah says she can’t take a chance,” Walters — the sometime ABC News personality, the sometime “The View” den mother — said Thursday during the Hot Topics portion of daytime talker.
It all started overnight Tuesday when the celebrity suck-up site TMZ — you know, the place “American Idol” sends its Idolettes for paparazzi training — published leaked video from “Idol’s Tuesday auditions in Charlotte. Minaj and Carey are seen exchanging heated words after disagreeing about an auditioner’s performance.
“Think I’m playin’? Think this [s---] is a [f---ing] joke?” Minaj is seen saying, adding: “If you say one more disrespectful thing to me — off with your head!”
This kicked off a colorfully-worded mostly-monologue, in which Minaj told Carey, among other things, “I told them, I’m not ...putting up with your...highness over there... Figure it the...out.”
“Idol” exec producer Nigel Lythgoe insisted Wednesday that one report — which said Minaj threatened Carey after Tuesday’s taped dust-up — was “absolute rubbish.” That, he knows because “Mariah confronted Nicki” Wednesday, asking whether she made the threat, and “Nicki said, ‘Absolutely not,’ ” he said. That seemed to be good enough for Nigel.
Walters, however, wasn’t buying it. At the top of “The View” Thursday, Walters explained that she’d spoken to Carey by phone, noting that she’s gotten to be a friend of the pop singer from interviewing her so many times over the years. Walters added: “I did the first interview with her twins.” They would have been around 6 months old and, presumably, did not have much to say.
In the course of that phone call, Carey “said she’s very concerned. . . . She’s with her twins. . . . I’m quoting now — ‘Nicki is unpredictable,’ ” Walters said.
“Mariah says she can’t take a chance and she’s hired extra security.”
Minaj has not apologized for the obscenity-riddled incident and, after a meeting with show producers, Minaj told Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” Walters reported, citing Carey as her source.
To which Carey responded, “No, we will not,” Walters reported.
“She obviously still has serious concerns,” Walters explained to The Ladies of “The View.”
One of them, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, noted that even if Minaj was just blowing off steam, her fans might take the gun suggestion literally. Hasselbeck suggested that Minaj should make some sort of statement “that she could release to those that really love Nicki, to just not to try to take their own action in any way – as a means of protecting Mariah.”
Minaj did make a statement. Several of them. On Twitter:
“Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao,” Minaj tweeted Thursday afternoon.
“ I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it,” Minaj tweeted, channeling Carey.
Minaj also tweeted, “Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle.”
Then, addressing Carey, she tweeted, “Not even the producers believed u.”
In fairness, Minaj added, “Say no to violence.”
“As if you would need a gun anyway,” one of her fans tweeted in response.
Another fan wondered/tweeted, “but how come Barbara ain’t called you to find out YOUR side of the story? WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM?”
(During “The View,” Walters said, “If Nicki wants to call anyone, I’m sure we’d be happy to take the phone call.”)
Instead, Minaj tweeted: “I don’t call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave.”
Actually, Minaj did go on “The View” — last week, when she needed an army to launch her new perfume line, Pink Friday.
“I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon,” Minaj tweeted, to Carey, after “The View” broadcast.
Fox declined to comment. At presstime Thursday, “Idol” producers had not responded to an e-mail request seeking comment.