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Nicki Goes Off on Mariah, Nick Cannon Responds

Nicki Minaj cleared up her lines in "Mercy" referencing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. /Photo: McCarten/PictureGroup/ via AP

By// S. Tia Brown

Looks like there’s trouble in paradise. The new season of American Idol hasn’t hit the air yet, but something else has hit the fan. Rumors of a tension brewing between new judges, budding superstar Nicki Minaj and certified diva Mariah Carey, appear to be more fact than fiction. TMZ recently posted footage of the stars in a nasty, profanity-laced spat.

In the video Minaj, a rapper who boasts two platinum selling albums, accuses Carey— an artist with a 20-year career and more than 200 million albums sold— of taking “jabs” at her. And Minaj fires back. Hard.

Check out the ladies verbal fisticuff:

Soon after the clip surfaced online, Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover caught up with Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, who had this to say:

“When you think about what the show is actually about and represents… I feel like it’s taking away from the quality of what Idol is all about. This is about people accomplishing their dreams, experts guiding these young people to do what they’ve done. My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met, if you watch the video, she just maintains her composure… I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people… this is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes, about the cat fights. The show is solely about a singing competition, that’s why America loves these shows, they want to see people reach a certain goal or win… and then to make it about something it’s not, [it] kind of shows that the producers and the network are losing their foot a little bit. If I’m producing a show about young people accomplishing their dreams, that’s what I want the show to be about, not all the side pageantry… my wife is strong, classy and she maintains her strength.”