Nicki Minaj threatens Mariah Carey
Production of “American Idol” came to a halt Tuesday when seething singer Nicki Minaj unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at Mariah Carey and threatened to punch her out. The festering bad blood between the two divas — both serving as judges for the first time this season on the Fox show — boiled over in Charlotte, N.C., when they disagreed over a contestant’s performance, sources said. Carey had been goading Minaj for hours, sources said, ultimately calling the wild-haired, wig-loving “Your Love” singer a “b—h.” A fuming Minaj later threatened, “I’m gonna knock you out!” according to TMZ.com. TMZ posted video of the incident Tuesday night, presumably taken moments after the pair exchanged barbs. Minaj can be heard ranting, “Get this s—t in self-control. Get in control. Get in control,” as fellow judge Randy Jackson urges her to “settle down.” Minaj continues, saying “Don’t lose your head. Don’t tell me I’m a gangster! So every time you patronize me, I’m-a take it back, and if you’ve got a f—ing problem, handle it! “I told them, I’m not f—ing putting up with her f—ing highness over there. I’m not gonna sit here every f—ing minute to have you come down and harass me every minute every day,” Minaj shouts. As the tirade rages, Carey sounds as if she is hurling her own insults at Minaj, though they are inaudible.
NICKI: I’m gonna knock you out!
NICKI: Get this s**t in self-control. Get in control. Get in control.
RANDY: Settle down, settle down.
NICKI: Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
NICKI: (inaudible) Every five minutes. So every time you patronize me, I’m-a take it back, and if you’ve got a f***ing problem, handle it.
NICKI: I told them I’m not f***ing putting up with her f***ing highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.
NICKI: I’m not gonna sit here every f***ing minute to have you come down and harass me every minute, every day.