Steven Tyler Apologizes to 'American Idol' Judge Nicki Minaj, Says He's 'Not a Racist'

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Former American Idol judge Steven Tyler has apologized for the harsh comments he made regarding Nicki Minaj's judging skills, saying that the "Starships" rapper would've sent Bob Dylanto the cornfield” if he had auditioned for the FOX singing competition.

"I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki," the Aerosmith rocker, 64, said Tuesday on eTalk, a Canadian entertainment show.

"But I am the farthest from [being a racist]. I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would've judged Bob Dylan."

On Monday, Minaj, 29, slammed Tyler on her Twitter, writing, "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!"

"I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment," she added. "You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe."

Tyler, who left American Idol in July after two seasons, was initially commenting on the now-infamous feud between Minaj and current judge Mariah Carey, who were captured on tape exchanging heated words during a season 12 audition in North Carolina.

“They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors," he said. "It needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?”

Now Tyler is admitting that he should've chosen better words to describe the situation.

"Maybe I spoke out of turn," he said Tuesday. "But a racist I'm not, Nicki."

American Idol season 12 premieres Jan. 16 on FOX.

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  • Rez
    Rez

    OH yeah Nicki. Whoever criticizes you is racist. You suck Nicki!!!

  • William Lynn Harris Jr.
    William Lynn Harris Jr.

    I cant say I really care... Steven has more talent in one ball sack hair then she has displayed her life this far.

  • mmgreal
    mmgreal

    nicki minaj is an idiot, with about as much talent as a kardashian.

  • RothJoshua
    RothJoshua

    just before I saw the check which was of $6995, I be certain that...my... sister could truley receiving $76 an hour in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there aunts neighbour haz done this less than 17 months and just now cleared the morgage on there mini mansion and purchased a great Mazda MX-5. we looked here, A­sk25.­­c­om

  • Anysthasia Mapes
    Anysthasia Mapes

    nicki minaj sucks anyways!!!! who cares what she has to say? hahah

 
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