January 07, 2013 02:59 PM by Megan Wilson
Rumors about the American Idol judges panel are heating up again! It seems that Mariah Carey felt she and her family were in danger at the hands of fellow judge Nicki Minaj, and decided to take precautions to protect herself. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Mariah dishes about the feud that forced her to hire extra bodyguards!
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj don’t seem like they’d get along in the first place, but when they sat next to each other during the American Idol tryouts, things escalated out of control quickly. After the two were filmed in a heated argument, Mariah beefed up her security team. Mariah said that the American Idol panel “Felt like an unsafe work environment,” and that hiring extra security was, “the appropriate thing to do.”
During the interview with Barbara, Mariah also spoke out about the threats that Nicki made, saying that she actually overheard Nicki saying, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that b**ch.” CRAZY!!!! Mariah went on to say, “Anytime anybody’s reeling threats at somebody, you know, it’s not appropriate. I’m a professional. I’m not used to that type of environment.”
The duo has reportedly made nice, but Mariah is keeping a close eye on Nicki from here on out. “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not going to take any chances.” We’re sure that Nick Cannon and their twins, Moroccan and Monroe, are appreciating the extra effort from mom. Mariah also realizes, however, that drama equals ratings. “For all the drama, I hope it helps the show. I think it’s a classic, classy show and it didn’t need this.” Mariah continued to speak on her American Idol responsibilities, saying, “For me, ultimately, this is about the kids, the contestants,” Carey says. “I’ve been blessed to live my dream more than half my life, so I want help give that back to someone else.”
While Nicki hasn’t shot anything back yet, we can’t help but wonder if Nicki will let this sit, or if she’ll come out with more words for Mariah! What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments!
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