“I Don’t Feel Emotionally Comfortable”: Mariah Carey Tells Barbara Walters That Nicki Threatened Her

October 4, 2012  |  

While watching another very interesting episode of “The View” this morning (it’s actually over at 12), the topic of course came up about the whole Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey argument on the “American Idol” set in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday. Today, TMZ reported that Nicki and people in her camp think “American Idol” producers are using her to cause drama and get ratings. That’s why she’s allegedly just going to walk off of the set next time things between Carey and the rapper get less than friendly. Surprisingly though, Barbara Walters pulled out her notepad this morning and shared with viewers and her “high-risk” co-hosts that she had spoken with Mariah this morning about all the drama, and BOY OH BOY, did Mariah have some exclusives to drop.

According to Walters, Carey told her that while the show must go on and they’re back to promotion and filming for “American Idol,” she doesn’t feel emotionally comfortable as a judge right now. Why? Well, according to the butterfly-loving singer, Nicki Minaj threw threats at her during their argument when she walked off set. Carey said she and staff members on heard Minaj go to the back and say, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that b***h.”

Of course, Carey told Barbara that she feels that nothing will come from the threats and she thinks that Minaj was speaking from a place of anger. She says she has her concerns about how the two will work together in the future, but for the sake of the show and the job she signed up for, she plans to move forward. Nicki also said that the ladies had to sit down and talk about what happened with staff members to hash things out, and during that meeting, Nicki told her “I love you, but we might fight again.” In other words, it sounds like Nicki was asking her to get her diva-tude in check. However, Carey told her, “No we will not,” because she doesn’t want to put up with the drama anymore.

As the ladies continue on filming for the show, we hope there will be no more drama and no more huge attempts by FOX to get views by  having these women nitpick at one another. After hearing all the different details about what happened, I’m not on anybody’s side–probably because I couldn’t care less about “American Idol” at this point. Seriously, I stopped watching once I realized the winners were all starting to look the same: white men with guitars…

But if you were wondering why the women actually fell out in the first place, Walters told the audience that Mariah said it all started when Nicki criticized something Mariah said to a contestant that she found to be rude–but did so in front of the contestant. With big egos, you know how it goes: Never try and put folks on front street in front of other people. Interestingly enough, the ladies of “The View” seemed to spend a lot of time chatting about Nicki’s alleged threats, saying that if she had written her threats as opposed to saying them in front of people, it would have been a federal offense, so she needs to get herself in order.

I guess so Barbara… But here’s to just hoping these ladies can be civil to one another and make this money! Besides, being uber-diva is so ’90s…

*Once clips from today’s episode drop, we’ll be sure to post them and update you.*

Here’s the clip:

And check out what Minaj had to say via Twitter today:

What do you think of Carey’s comments to Barbara Walters?

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  • StephLuv

    Nikki is about to get fired if she doesn’t show some respect. That’s part of the problem with these new and very young artist today. They have no respect for the music game. And Nikki is waaaaaaayy to sensitive to even be on that panel of judges. Team Mimi all day.


    nicki ‘bleachy’ minaj needs to sit down with her hoodrat ideologies. Blonde wigs, coloured contacts… screams complex to me. Someone should hit her with a face wipe to reveal the real ‘onika’. It’s funny how she complains that Mariah wants to be the only ‘female’ judge, yet wouldn’t stand against any female rapper. Don’t get me started on the perfume bottle.

  • get real

    By the way Nicki has one of the biggest cameltoe’s I’ve ever seen. Lol. Which is a good thing ladies. So rock the yoga pants. Lol.

  • get real

    She came at Eminem with some sideways nonsense and he spanked that you know that with a diss record. So I have no doubt in my mind who started this. Just from reading these comments you chicks are delisional thinking just because you have longetivety in the game that you can diss people or treat them anykind of way and the other person just has “to deal with it” or “Be ok with it” .What kind of dumb twisted logic is this ladies????How many of you would let a older woman (so called Diva) diss you simply because shes older or been on the job longer then you?

    • Pivyque

      Eminem came at her first. She had every right to come back at him sideways.

      • get real

        Because she lied about him chopping her down. If u know what I mean.

        • Pivyque

          Lol yeah. He seemed hell bent on making the world believe him. I actually felt like he was a little obsessed. I heard his warning song and I was like…why do you still have pictures and audio from a bad relationship that ended years ago?? lol

  • get real

    Mariah always has had this “I’m the Diva so bow down to the Queen” attitude and I don’t blame Nicki for not having that bs. That’s why Jacki-O beat Foxy Brown down to a pulp. During a recording session Jacki-O spoke to her but that wasn’t enough for Foxy. Foxy came in with that “I’m the Queen so down and pay homage” and Jacki-O wasn’t having that bs.

  • Nicki Minaj is not even in Mariah Carey’s stratosphere; who is she to be calling her out about anything? “American Idol” is seriously grasping for ratings.

  • Britt

    Legends like Mariah Carey should definitely be respected, but they also shouldn’t belittle new artists. I never thought American Idol was the right direction for Nicki’s career anyway. She should focus on her music and building her brand.

  • With her Bobo the clown lookin a*s.

  • Is it Memorex or Real

    Nikki can’t judge herself so how can she judge talent !!!! we have a bunch of dime store Diva’s who abuse the word Diva’s, R&B Divas, None of these Artist have enough hits to be called Divas and some of them don’t sing that well or in Nikki’s case when did she become a singer ? while I am on a rant let me not forget these Alt Housewife’s, BasketBall wives, why should we care about there daily doing’s I know I am forgetting some show where the stripper wants to be a singer with those dime store producers

  • Come on let’s be real! Nikki should have kept her shut. I admit Maria possibly went too far but don’t give anyone the ammunition to shoot you. Just STAY IN UR LAAAANE! Then the twitter posts she sounds a ‘lil hostile . . . more ammo. Black ppl STOP disrespecting one another. Grow up! We r the biggest disrespecters of any race of ppl. Be smart, Maria said all the appropriate buzz words to be noticed. Feeling “THREATENED” is a biggy and Nikki all but admitted she said it. Sooooo, go figure!

  • Rawtid

    Somewhere in a corner Lil Kim is laughing her plastic surgery face off lol.

    • IllyPhilly

      You call that terror a face!!?? LOL Sorry LK still a fan!

  • It’s me

    Who cares if nicki isn’t ” qualified” to be a judge at the end of the day it’s a job and she got hired. I’m sure it’s a lot of people that you work with who may not be qualified for the job but they are there anyway. Does that give u the right to talk mess out the side of ur neck to them? Any way keep cashing them coins in ladies and squash this petty beef

    • ok_dayumm

      @It’s me….I totally agree with you, this is nothing more than work-place harrassment on Mariah’s part. We all know that Mariah wanted Lenny Kravitz to have that job, but since that didn’t happen she’s now going to bully Nikki away. I have nothing against any of the parties involved, but I have zero tolerance for harrassment and bullies especially where you earn your living. I think most people are focusing on the talent level here (and that’s subjective), but this is really about EEOP.

      • It’s me

        thank you @ok_dayumm all you really hear is Nicki doesn’t have talent, she look like this that and the 3rd. So what! Just like you have to go to work to support you and yours she’s doing the same thing, and she should not have to tolerate harrasment at the work place. It’s a lot of people that do not like Nicki for whatever reason, I could care less, she’s not paying none of these bills & I’m still gone get paid on the 1st of the month lol

  • Even having this Nikki person on the same judging panel with an icon like Mariah is a disgrace, that’s kinda like some bum riding the bench in the NBA wanting to share the same stage as Michael Jordan! They need to have someone who is at least REMOTELY close in status as an R&B/Pop star as Mariah!

  • Marley80

    This should be interesting.
    Grammar correction: It should be “I could not care less” unless you still have some emotion regarding the matter. 🙂

    • itsnotthatserious

      The author wrote “probably because I couldn’t care less about American Idol”. The word ” COULDN’T” is a contraction of the words COULD and NOT so what’s your point. Geez! Put your editor’s pen away and just read the article.

      • MNEditor2

        No shade at Marley folks, the author changed it to “couldn’t care less” later. It was originally incorrectly written as I could care less. Thanks!

    • sexcgenius

      Had the author wrote, “I could care less” you would be correct. But b/c it is couldn’t meaning I could not, this is acceptable. I do appreciate the fact that you actually pay attention to syntax 🙂

  • Kitsy

    Now, let me just say that I loooove Mariah Carey – I am a long-time fan and I just adore her, Nick and “Dem Babies”; and I am not a Nikki Minaj fan. HOWEVER, I don’t doubt for a minute that Mimi started that mess!

    Mariah is a Diva (capital “D”) and she was not about to share the same air space with the likes of Nikki Minaj without letting her know her “place”.

    People are saying that Mariah has been throwing shade and taking little pin-prick digs at Nikki to get her riled up and show her a**, and she succeeded – all while making herself look like the hapless victim. Mariah isn’t going to cuss and throw tantrums (no, non, no) nut she knows Nikki will and she was banking on that to make Nikki look bad and prevent her from becoming a fan favorite.

    I can’t blame her though – Nikki was dumb enough to play her part and now looks like a complete heel. Good for you, Mariah. LOL

    • realadulttalk

      I KNOW Mimi started this mess–and I love it! She earned her stripes…Nicki better fall back–her fan base is waivering…Mimi’s has been and continues to be strong.

    • Jenn

      LMAO you just may be a genius….#cosigntoitall

    • me

      you said mariah would not want to “share the same air space with the likes of Nikki Minaj without letting her know her ‘place’ ” vut are we forgetting that they did a song together. So i highly doubt that is the problem

      • me


  • Afro_Hello_Kitty81

    WTF was AI thinking having Nicki as a judge on here anyway? She hasn’t been in the music biz as long as Mariah has and Nicki has a bad attitude as well.

  • They should have never hired bootleg Barbie as a judge.

  • Titi

    Nicki should not be on there anyway. She has not been in the game long enough.

    • And she Sux

    • gmarie

      This is how I felt about the selection. The original Judges were all seasoned industry vets in some capacity. The replacement judges were as well. Idol producers were desperate and reaching for ratings by choosing a current here today gone today pop artist for the panel…

  • Pretty1908

    mariah just gave me so much life…maybe nicki need a season veteran to remind her to chill a lot of people still don’t respect or see her as a serious musician…keeps are earned sweetie

  • Meyaka

    I think Nikki is real gangster with the r&b singers, but lil Kim called you everything and dared you to step to her and you didn’t do boo, I’m not about that life and I recognize someone that isn’t either, Nikki please have a comfortable seat.

    • chaka1

      Did a 12 year write these tweets? Why is everything LMAO? Why not come right and say what you mean instead of the sarcasm? She needs to go back to Gumdrop Land cause she is not behaving like a grown woman.

    • get real

      Nicki dissed Kim six ways to Sunday. What are you talking about. And besides what’s the point of dissing a has been when you are the hottest thing in the game?

      • Adrina

        Mariah Carey a has been? Everything she’s dropped was a hit since the 80’s…the effin 80’s lol…Mariah was droppin hits when Nicki was born…who needs to drop anything now (or ever again) to be hot again. She’s earn the righ to retire (which is not the same as a has been). Mariah is a legend and a grown a– woman and Nicki is a child…

      • Adrina

        And Nicki is the hottest thing in the game bc she’s the ONLY ONE in the game.