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UPDATE: Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey Feud Allegedly Set Up By American Idol Producers
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.04.2012

UPDATE: If the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud is made up, they're making sure to get the details right. Billboard reports that Carey has hired on extra security after the argument on set where Minaj reportedly threatened her and said, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch."

Barbara Walters confirmed the news, saying, "She is very concerned. She is with her twins. She doesn't feel that anything would happen. I'm quoting now, 'But Nicki is unpredictable' and Mariah says she can't take a chance and she has hired extra security." As previously reported, Walters also confirmed that Minaj had made the threat and that the two have been in meetings together, but that Minaj hasn't apologized.

ORIGINAL: There are some who believe that the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey feud is all one big publicity stunt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A behind-the-scenes source says that the entire fight on Tuesday was all for show. The source said: "The Mariah-Nicki diva battle is exactly what Fox executives wanted all along. No one's really worried. They know the parts they're supposed to play."

Another source said that Minaj went further and threatened Carey.

Interscope chairman (and sometimes Idol mentor) Jimmy Iovine added: "Let me tell you, neither of these girls are shy. I was very bullish on Mariah. She gets songs and the process of producing. She really knows the studio. She has that experience, and let's remember that most people going on these shows want to be Mariah Carey. Nicki is coming from a different place and another generation with her own incredibly legitimate opinions -- some things that are important to Mariah will not be to Nicki. But if they each bring their truth, you could see an incredible dynamic because they're both smart as hell."

The worry is over if the feud can be settled and if the fighting will make for good television. On season one of The Voice most of the cast didn't speak to Christina Aguilera, and Carson Daly said on his Los Angeles radio show (97.1 AMP Radio) that producers intervened and told them to stop.

Another source says that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is "well-equipped" to handle the two fighting musicians, as well as judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban. In the video that circulated after the argument, he doesn't appear to be bothered.

The new season will begin in January 2013.


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