Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's 'American Idol' Feud is Real, Says Producer Nigel Lythgoe

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The American Idol feud can't possibly be a staged publicity stunt because it's way too early in the season for a fake feud.

So says the producer of the hit Fox singing competition, amid rumors that dueling divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are faking their beef as a ratings ploy.

"I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out," Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ. But that's not to say he's against pulling stunts for publicity. "They've got to realize I would only do anything for ratings a month before the show went out," he admitted. "They've got my timing wrong."

Now on the heels of the now infamous caught-on-camera face-off, are Minaj and Carey on the outs?

"They were amicable that afternoon," Lythgoe said.

The bitter blowout in question exploded between the two new judges during Oct. 2 auditions in Charlotte, N.C. Carey, 42, and Minaj, 29, reportedly disagreed on an Idol hopeful’s performance, and things got so heated, Minaj lashed out at Carey, shouting, "I told them I’m not f***ing putting up with her f***ing highness over there."

Later that week, Idol producers released a statement to assure fans that the show is under control, despite the profanity-filled fracas between Minaj and Carey. "This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had," the statement read. "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."

Many industry insiders and Idol alumni — including former finalist Jennifer Hudson, ex-judge Steven Tyler, and rival music competition show judge Cee Lo Green of NBC's The Voice — have expressed skepticism about the feud, speculating that it's all just another way for Idol to draw attention to itself.

As many close to the situation continue to chime in on the feud — from fellow judge Keith Urban to Idol host Ryan Seacrest, to Carey's husband Nick Cannon -- Lythgoe is encouraging viewers not to draw conclusions so soon. "I think before anybody makes any judgments," he told TMZ, "they should see the show."

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  • tahoegeminii

    I think they hoped for it and had it planned for a month out but MeMe wasn't going to tolerate another female poptard flesh puppet on the show with her-especially one that is young and hot on the charts and has 4 awards nomination to her NONE even with a new single-hilarious-MeMe is the one trying to force a scene by Minaj, use it for grounds to sue the show get her salary plus "damages" to her severely traumatized ego and sit on huge fat arse while collecting the cash-that's why the backstabbing statement on "The View" she is setting up the evidence-I mean she already defrauded Jenny Craig-the only weight Miss Piggy lost was 11 lbs of baby and 30 on the tummy tuck /C section surgery and a whole lot of camera angle and photo editing on completely repainted mag covers and promo shots-seriously she gained like 100lbs while pregnant-had 11lbs of baby and still has a good 40-50 lbs of fat she has gained since she married Nick-Wow Nick talk about buying the old hag cow based on 20 year old photos-man did you get played -MeMe it seems is now too lazy to even fake working now- wants all her money for literally nothing and any effort she does expend is on pimping out her babies-before they born really with her nasty nauseating preggo covers-now she wants them to start modeling???so when is Monroe's first lingerie/bikini shoot?? when she's 2??? people thought Kris Jenner was a fame drooling skkannkk pimp mother-she pales in comparison to queen ho-bag MeMe