Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nicki Minaj curses out Mariah Carey in Charlotte

Ah, co-workers. There are those you love. There are those you tolerate. And there are those you just want to strangle.

There’s evidence that new “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj wanted to strangle her co-worker, Mariah Carey, in Charlotte this week. And the feeling, apparently, was mutual.

Yes, Tuesday’s “American Idol” auditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway were supposed to focus on unknown singers and big dreams. Instead, the two-day event turned into a bit of a nightmare – at least on the face of it – and it’s possible Fox and the show’s producers would now like to strangle their two female stars.

To catch you up: Tuesday evening, celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Minaj unleashing a tirade as colorful as her wigs and outfits in a heated dispute with Carey, which reportedly boiled over after one of the contestants had performed.



In the low-quality, 56-second clip, the rapper can be heard saying, “I’m not f------ putting up with her f------ highness over there”; toward the end of the video, Carey calls Minaj “a little crazy b----.” Veteran judge Randy Jackson can be heard saying, “Settle down, settle down,” and country singer Keith Urban – situated between the two divas – seems to be trying to figure out a way to teleport back to his home in Nashville.

Wednesday, then, was damage control day.

Reporters woke up to learn that an afternoon press conference with Minaj, Carey, Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest that had been scheduled at the speedway was canceled overnight, with Fox’s publicity director saying in an e-mail that it was “due to the production schedule” (technically true, as auditions reportedly wrapped prematurely on Tuesday so the two women could cool off).

The host then went on his morning radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and spun it like a Harlem Globetrotter: “It got heated between Nicki and Mariah. It was intense! … These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants.”

If you’re a superfan of “Idol,” you’re probably aware that rumors of fighting between Minaj and Carey have been circulating for weeks. Although in previous interviews the pair has denied any discord, this video would seem to confirm that they’re not exactly BFFs.

However, the video itself raises questions. From what we understand, security around Fox’s activity at the speedway was extremely tight. Reportedly, many speedway employees didn’t even know “Idol” was coming this week until the trucks showed up; media access was very limited to begin with; the actual judges’ set was treated like the Oval Office.

So … who took this video? How did they get away with taking it? Why would they jeopardize their job by sharing it with TMZ? Certainly there weren’t a ton of people in that room at the time. Surely it wouldn’t take a very sophisticated investigation to ferret out the leak.

Which begs the biggest question: Was this an inside job to create buzz around the show?

Fox isn’t talking about the incident at all. But this is significant, if you’re an “Idol” stakeholder: Even though Season 12 doesn’t start till January, a whole lot of people are.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

As the economy sinks further and foreign powers continue to probe our data infrastructures, I'm sure the Observer will get to the bottom of this possible conspiracy.

Brandon said...

You hire trash and expect it not to stink?

GoldwingGary said...

Excuse me....WHO CARES? I'm so over American Idol.

Anonymous said...

Just another professional. You know Keith Urban is like...G'damnit why did I sign up for this?

You can take the girls out of the ghetto.....just cannot take the ghetto out of the girls.

Take it back to BET ladies/skanks.

Anonymous said...

Typical trash.

Anonymous said...

Who is nicki minaj?

Senica Gilmore said...
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Anonymous said...

So when are they going to hand American Idol over to that black idiot rapper who hangs the clock around his neck?

I think they have gone too far in trying to guarantee that another white guy with a guitar doesn't win.

Notorious L.E.V. said...

She went full ghetto on Mariah lol!

Anonymous said...

Classy piece of work. You get what you asked for guys!

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like Keith Urban got a little overdose of real "urban".

Not that pseudo-urban crap.

knowuddamean dawg...

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love it when people live up to the full potential of their stereotypes.

Jules said...

No, this is too UGLY to be a "publicity stunt". You can see the spontaneity in this rapper's angry outburst.

It was a stupid mistake to hire someone as vulgar as Nicki Minaj to be a "judge". Either they fire her, or this might be the first "Idol" season I'm not gonna watch.

Anonymous said...

Who are those people, never heard of them

Anonymous said...

This is the reason I will not watch AI. It has gone the toilet with trash like her. She is gangster. Yuck

Anonymous said...

I'd be nuts to if I had to listen to Nicki Minaj all day. Whatever they are paying Keith Urban, it's not enough.

Anonymous said...

How ghetto of them.

Cheryl Harrison said...

I'm not a fan of neither but I wish Mariah would POP Nicki in her wanna be Lady Gaga mouf!!!! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Carey needs to have her posse go after Minaj for that dis.

Oh, wait, you say they are not rappers? Nevermind then. Those posse's cannot shoot straight anyway.

Anonymous said...

CarrotTop did what to Mariah Carey?