Mariah Carey arrives to Idol auditions with police escort – Photo
Reportedly, Minaj was “blindsided” by Mariah talking to Barbara Walters, as they had just met with Idol heads about not talking to the media after the video leaked. Rumor is that Carey is not upset at what happened – but the leak.
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According to the source, tensions were building since the beginning “because Nicki felt as if Mariah was trying to relegate her, and it culminated/exploded in the scene that was leaked.” (A clip from auditions in Charlotte shows Minaj threatening to “knock [Mariah] out” and saying, “If you’ve got a f–king problem, handle it!”)
After the video was leaked, Idol had a meeting (with both Nicki and Mariah present) where a source said “they agreed to move forward in a positive light and not speak about the incident to the press.”
So when Mariah told Barbara Walters Nicki said she would shoot her if she had a gun, Nicki “felt blindsided,” says a source. “Hence why Nicki went to Twitter to express her shock. She feels Mariah is trying to get sympathy by saying she threatened to shoot her, and that the incident never happened.”
Mariah Carey isn’t upset that things got heated between Nicki Minaj and her on the set of “American Idol,” but she is upset that a tape of the incident was leaked to the media.
“Mariah has been in the business for a long time and has seen it all but never has she had anything leaked from a closed set,” a friend of Carey said. “The fact that the producers are not searching to find out how this footage and audio got leaked tells you who was behind it.”
“The producers know that the show needs PR to make it must-see TV again and this won’t be the first or the last leak,” one “Idol” expert tells me. “You don’t think every ‘Idol’ scandal in the past 12 years didn’t come from within their walls? Corey Clark, Scott Savol’s arrest records, even Philip Phillips’ kidney issues. I guarantee all that stuff was leaked on purpose for publicity.”
“Mariah is a perfectionist and is used to being in control of her image,” a TV producer who has worked with the singer tells me. “I’m sure she is shocked and disappointed that this happened, but it won’t stop her doing her job.”