The promo for American Idol‘s debut January 16th has just been kicked up 10 notches. Barbara Walters found herself in the middle of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj‘s beef a couple months ago that they’ve since squashed according to Mariah. The pop-singer did a one-on-one interview with Barbara revealing she took Minaj’s alleged threats seriously.
Re-hashing the battle of two divas for ratings is right on time. Mariah told Barbara, “It felt like an unsafe work environment. 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,” she said. “[Hiring more security] was the appropriate thing to do. Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not going to take any chances.” Minaj and her camp denied the accusations while Mariah is remaining firm in her belief that she was threatened. But Mariah hopes the drama wasn’t all for nothing. “For all the drama, I hope it helps the show,” she said. Of course it will! The possibility of two women verbally clawing at each others throat makes for “good TV” according to some.
Meanwhile Nicki Minaj returned to Twitter a month to the day since her last tweet on December 5. “I really didn’t plan on leaving barbz! =( just sorta happened…I learned a lot on my little sabbatical tho… so enlightening, so peaceful,” she tweeted on Saturday. Her Barbz felt abandoned, but she made it all right with them after a few clues to new projects and some good ol’ fashion RTs. All is well in Barbieland for now.
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