Nick Cannon on Mariah’s feud with Nicki Minaj on Idol: “I’m disappointed in Fox”

Yesterday we saw a caught-on-tape feud between new American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey while they were scouting talent in North Carolina. Nicki really lit into Mariah, saying “I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there… I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.” It sounded like Nicki was defending herself against something that Mariah said. TMZ had a bunch of follow-up stories for their exclusive, claiming that Mariah called Nicki a “bitch” several times, and that Mariah also bragged about herself and her accomplishments so much that it set Nicki off. I believe it, as Mariah is so full of herself. I remember Mariah’s insane HSN appearance, all she did was talk about herself.

In other stories about this mess, we heard that Nicki allegedly threatened Mariah’s life by saying “If I had a gun I would shoot her.” Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe denies that ever happened, but admitted he asked Nicki personally if she said it, which she denied. Of course she did. It was allegedly more peaceful yesterday on the Idol set, with Mariah and Nicki getting along – for now.

As for the suspicions that this whole thing was staged for publicity, TMZ is sticking with their story that it wasn’t, but adds that Nicki feels that producers are trying to get her riled up, and are encouraging Mariah’s bad behavior. Mariah’s husband, Nick Cannon, sort-of confirms that producers are in on it. He was interviewed by Access Hollywood and he placed the blame on their shoulders. Here’s some of what he said, and you can watch the video at this link:

“I’m kind of disappointed in Fox and everything, because they’re taking away from the quality of Idol.

My wife is the strongest and the classiest woman I’ve ever met. You watch the video and she maintains her composure… I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and the pageantry of it all. She signed up for a job to help young people with their dreams.

This is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes about – the catfights.

Honestly I believe the show is solely about a singing competition, that’s why America loves these shows… to make it about something that it is not, kind of shows that the producers and the network are losing their foot[ing].

[From video on Access Hollywood]

Around 4:30 into the video (link here) they do a reenactment of the Nicki Mariah fight, with each of them reading lines, and it’s funny as hell. Nick concluded afterwards that “anyone can see that my wife is strong, classy and she maintains her strength.”

You can just shoot me now because I was really impressed with Nick Cannon. He loves the hell out of Mariah and he will go to bat for his self-absorbed wife any day of the week. I’m buying this side of the story, that producers are loving this feud and encouraging it even if they didn’t directly stage it. This is a hell of a lot of buzz for this show, and people will watch it just to see these divas give each other the side eye. A big fight like this may be inconvenient, but they’re surely loving the press.

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  1. KellyinSeattle says:

    Like I really care what goofy Nick Cannon has to say about anything….and neither does Mariah…she wears the pants (oh wait, she doesn’t wear pants, she wears too-tight everything else)

  2. Justin says:

    Nick is always late. Nick, the “fight” was fake. Nick’s the same idiot who said, Mariah was above American Idol….. days later, Mariah signs with American idiol. Just shut up Nicky.

  3. lizzi says:

    is it just me or does Mariah always pose really awkwardly? something about her arm maybe. Its like she’s painfully trying to be photographed looking as thin as she can. I don’t think its necessary, she should just pose naturally and she’d look great.

    • Justin says:

      She has an awkward body, I think that’s why she poses so strangely. That or she’s hiding her square shaped body.

    • Haha says:

      God bless her…she doesnt know how.

    • QQ says:

      Plus she is is always about to topple over with those shoes and isnt into “walking” all these cumulative things is what we are seeing with the posing

    • Joy says:

      It is not just you. She always looks uncomfortable like everything she is wearing hurts.

      • gg says:

        Yeah, that’s it. Also, about her strange shape, I assume she has regular bouts of lipo on her middle because it doesn’t look congruous with her shoulders or the rest of her body. Anyway, hell, if you got the money, go for it.

  4. Macey says:

    This show hasnt even really started and Im already sick of the drama stories. I do believe its all manufactured for ratings, just like the other “reality” shows. I hope this means it will be Idols last year, they just look pathetic at this point.

  5. marie says:

    that’s the whole reason both were hired! I mean come on, Mariah is insufferable and Minaj’s head is quite far up her own butt, put them together and of course there will be some bitchin..Is the fight real, I dunno and I dont care-they did it get people talking, and eventually pull in viewers, and it will..

    I will say though, I do like that Cannon sticks up for his wife, he should even though I’m not sure how he puts up with her..

  6. V4Real says:

    Staged or not it was funny as hell.

    They are taking away from the quality of the show; Nick the quality of the show was over soon as Simon left. That’s when I quit watching, well not entirely. I do like the audition process only to get a chuckle from the people who know they can’t sing but try out anyway. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those contestants were staged as well.

    As for Mariah, she’s a pain in the ass and I don’t even know the lady. But I get this Diva vibe from her and her sense of entitlement. I can see her throwing her accompolishments in Niki’s face.

    I’m not a big fan of Niki and her antics as well. I will watch the auditions and the diabolical plot that the show has staged btwn Your Highness and Your Trashy. Then I’m done with it.

  7. Miss Kiki says:

    Why do women constantly have to be portrayed like this?

    Let’s just say that this is all staged, why are Mariah and Nicki allowing themselves to be portrayed like this? Why hasn’t one of them said ‘Actually we don’t want to send across the message that 2 grown up women can’t work together without descending into cat fights. We want to be professional and get on with our jobs’ They wouldn’t dare ask Keith and Randy to put on this kind of act for the show. It just makes me sad that they’ve clearly asked both women and they’ve agreed to it.

  8. Riana says:

    Lol, I don’t think Mariah was sitting because she’s ‘classy’. It seems like she riled up Nicki and when the girl snapped she wasn’t expecting her to actually be intimidating. I love Mimi but she’s beyond a diva, she’s the type of woman who expects the whole world to bow to her and if they don’t then she’ll insult and mock you. I’m very sure she rarely gets told off publicly and fiercely and for that…Team Minaj.

    • gg says:

      Nah, Mariah was sitting there thinking, here’s some more rope, bitch, keep it up, you’re making me look better and better.

      • Kasey says:

        You know what, I LOVE Mariah despite her divatude, mostly because her self-absorption is so comical. I tend to think she’s all bark and no bite, nonetheless, I DO believe that was her intent. Get Nicki riled up to the point of outburst, remain calm and highlight how composed and ‘above it all’ you are so that there’s further ‘documentation/evidence’ of her pedigree. Mariah strikes me as the plotting, manipulative type!

  9. Rachel says:

    Mariah is KILLING ME with that arm. Girl, we get it. No matter how thin or toned your arms are, when they lay against your side you get that flabby arm appearance. It happens to every woman. No one’s going to judge you for it if you just let your arm relax a little bit… they’re too busy judging you for other stuff. But the Tin Man Arm has to go. It just makes you look even more ridiculous.

  10. Mew says:

    Mariah’s been something for decades and Nicki thinks she’s something. They both have huge egos. So of course there’s going to be huge drama going on – that’s why they were hired in the first place.

    • gg says:

      That’s the problem. Nicki needs to realize she is no longer in Rap Land where all she has to do is lip sych in a nutty outfit and say a few lines. She’s on national tv, being a real personality, not performing which is a whole ‘nother planet. She needs to develop her fake personality with some professionals, because her real personality is still very unsophisticated and it’s embarrassing with all the threats and fighting BS, and exacerbating it into the stratosphere with her idiot twitter posts. Very bad move, very unprofessional, and she’s showing her sizeable ass horribly. I was prepared to like her, since I’ve seen her make a few comments on shows, but when put to her own devices, FAIL.

      Grow up, Nicki.

  11. margaret says:

    I totally agree with you on Nick’s feelings for his wife. disregarding the drama of american idol and all…I like them as a couple…they seem as real and in love as it gets. whether we would love either one of them, I like that they love each other. and their babies are cute as f**k!

  12. priestess says:

    Sheesh I would defend her too she has a net worth of500 million Nick is no fool just keep telling her she’s the most beautiful woman on the planet as you live it up to the max hrt Its the American dream

  13. Missanne says:

    God I just don’t caaaaare about American idol.

  14. mimi says:

    nicki! know your place girl. mariah is the queen bee. sowwwwwy 🙂

  15. Ms. Candy says:

    Now Nikki is getting her xxx bitten. Nikki Minaj always throwing shots at other people that paved the way for her; now she is getting the same treatment…
    Now as for Mariah she was always like that nothing new about her Diva ways but she has +20 years in the industry…

    Nikki got a dose of her own medicine and didn’t like it or handle it

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    Can’t Nick put on a pair of big boy shoes?

  17. Blue says:

    I can’t stand Nicki. I don’t think producers set this particular fight up. But Nicki has a huge ego and a bad attitude, I’m not on twitter but on other site they had a link to some of her tweets and she was going off on her fans, calling their mothers whores and telling them to kill themselves. I mean who treats people like that, especially when they are making you money and making you big. Add her funky attitude with Mariah’s diva ego and something was bound to happen, which obviously the producers were hoping for. So shameful. It should be about the contestants, not about judges bithing at each other.

  18. Violet says:

    If this is staged, Nicki is shooting herself in the foot because she’s coming across as insane and unreasonable. Frankly, she’s not so talented that she can get away with that kind of behavior.

    If it’s not staged, the producers should fire Nicki and call the police because death threats are never a joke.

  19. Tansey says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, I love Nick Cannon. He seems like such a sweet, funny guy. Mariah, on the other hand…lets just say I agree that she’s VERY full of herself.

  20. anon33 says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t care if she is a diva-Mariah is an ICON and a LEGEND, and you guys should know from my posts that I *never* fawn over anyone (except Jon Hamm…)
    Nicki needs to sit her a88 down and STFU. She wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Mariah. Please. That would be like Justin Beiber telling Paul McCartney to eff off.

  21. lisa2 says:

    Gosh Girl crap. And this is what adult women do.


    I think Mariah bit off more then she can chew. We are not living in the 80s and Nikki is not going to let Mariah play Queen and she the lady at court. Doesn’t matter about her legacy. So now we have Girl Sh*t crazy drama. It is embarrassing and this is what we see from women. I don’t get it. I don’t understand it.

    Here is thing. You can’t say whatever you want to someone because you have been in the business longer. You can’t call a woman a bit@h and she is going to smile and say thank you. If you jump in the ring and start stuff then get ready for the fall out. I’m not team anyone. Nikki is a loose cannon. Mariah thought she could just lounge around and be the Queen and Nikki would just take it. Well sorry that ain’t going to happen.

  22. Alex says:

    I cant believe nicki minaj is ever a celebrity. I just dont get how someone could buy her music. Shes just awful

  23. Alex says:

    I cant believe nicki minaj is ever a celebrity. I just dont get how someone could buy her music. Shes just awful.

  24. shannon says:

    I really love this guy, I remember him from Nickelodeon back in the day when my oldest son watched all the time (showing my age lol). I watched a bit of the talent show he hosts back in 2009 and thought he seemed like a sweetheart and a class act.

    He definitely shows that class here, taking up for his wife, but not throwing shade on Nicki Minaj. Dude seems really laid back, like a good match for Mariah’s high-strung diva-ness.