'American Idol' Feud: Producers Release Statement Amid Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey Controversy
Producers for FOX’s American Idol want viewers to know that things are going just fine after the competition’s Season 12 auditions came to a literal screeching halt when Nicki Minaj went ballistic on fellow judge Mariah Carey.
"This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had,” the show’s producers said in a statement on Friday.
“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,” the statement continues. “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."
The statement follows a video leaked on Tuesday that captured Minaj cussing out Carey during auditions and had fans for the artists and the show choosing sides.
This is the latest move from the production to do some damage control, which included a photo shoot with the judges. And while production was shut down after the blowout on Tuesday, auditions resumed in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday.
Over the days that followed the incident, host Ryan Seacrest called the blowout “intense” and “heated” and said it “did go too far.” Fellow newbie judge, country singer Keith Urban, who was sitting between the stars during the incident, said he felt like “the U.N.” And Carey’s husband, actor and America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, complimented his wife for her classy handling of the situation during Minaj’s “theatrics.”
Barbara Walters then reported on The View that Carey had beefed up her security after a supposed shooting threat from the rapper. Minaj denied the allegations. And show insiders would also tell People magazine that the production was considering firing Minaj.
Reports of growing tension between Carey and Minaj started within days of the official announcement of the full judges panel in late-September. After the official announcement, both artists denied there was any friction between them.
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