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Ever since the video of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj feuding on the set of American Idol surfaced online, the relationship between the two judges has taken center stage for the show, which premieres next week. Carey spoke to Barbara Walters on ABC News’ Nightline, talking about the show and the feud.
“It felt like an unsafe work environment,” Carey told Walters. “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.”
Carey claims that she heard Minaj yell, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that b***h,” after the cameras were turned off. At the time, Carey had called in more security, which she thought was completely necessary.
“I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do,” she said. “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances.”
Minaj, whose reps would comment on the story, has denied threatening Carey with a gun.
Still, Carey is hopeful that the feud will help Idol’s struggling ratings, notes The Huffington Post. “For all the drama, I hope it helps the show,” she told Walters. “I think it's a classic, classy show and it didn't need this.”
Carey also talked about her husband, America’s Got Talent’s Nick Cannon, who was hospitalized last year. “It was very serious, but he's got some great doctors who really got in there and helped him out and at this point he is doing great...He's better than ever,” she said, adding that he inspired her new song, “Triumphant.”
Idol premieres on Jan. 16 on Fox. You can check out excerpts from Carey’s interview, which aired last night, below: