Nicki Minaj Addresses Mariah Carey Feud: Nobody Will 'Run Me Off That Motherf***ing Show'
Despite her feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj is standing her ground on American Idol.
"It's another ploy to get me off the show," Minaj says of her caught-on-camera face-off with Carey in the second installment of her three-part E! series, Nicki Minaj: My Truth. "But we're going to keep on moving. We're having a great time on Idol. I love the producers; I love that they gave me a chance on the show. And ain't nobody going to run me off that motherf***ing show."
Minaj hit headlines in October when a video leaked of her bickering with — and spewing F-bombs at — fellow new judge Carey during Idol auditions in Charlotte, N.C. "There was a very heated, intense argument towards the end of the day," Idol host Ryan Seacrest said of the bitter blowout on his morning radio show, adding that it went "a little too far."
"In life, you react, and what people saw was a reaction," Minaj explains of the war of words. "Clearly, there was stuff leading up to it...it was just a lot of passive aggressive comments."
But Minaj claims she did her best to avoid the heated confrontation. "Twenty minutes before that happened, she egged me on. And...I stormed off the stage because I didn't want to do that," Minaj tells Young Money president Mack Maine. "So I left and when I came back, it was another jab.... I just know that I had reached my boiling point."
"She's admitted she did not want another female doing the show," Minaj explains of Carey. "She's thinking somebody is coming to steal her shine." The Young Money raptress accuses her fellow judge of "nitpicking, nitpicking, nitpicking," adding that she doesn't "do well with that...passive aggressive f***ing sh*t. I stay away from all that sh*t. I work and keep it moving."
After the argument, Minaj had hoped to let the dust settle. "I did not say anything right away," she says. "I wanted everything to blow over." But she says Carey went straight to the press about the row: "You picking up TMZ, Barbara Walters...now you done open a can of worms."
"Mariah went to Barbara Walters with some more fabrication, that even the producers had told her was never said...telling Barbara Walters that I said something about a gun," Minaj recalls. "Everyone knows I'm way smarter than that. But I was like, wow. Literally, my jaw was just hanging open and I was in shock. I've never in my life said anything regarding a gun."
But Minaj switches gears, going on to praise Carey. "Why would I wanna have a riff with someone that I've looked up to my whole life?" she exclaims. "I've loved her...[and] I'm happy that Mariah's on the panel. Because I think that's a great thing. You got one of the best singers that ever sang ever, in the world. Ain't nothing wrong with that. But the fact that you have a problem with me being on there, that's why there's an issue."