Despite American Idol producers constantly denying that there is any friction between two of their judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj — and Nicki swooning over Mariah on The View a couple weeks ago — Nicki was caught on tape going off on Mariah during today’s auditions in Charlotte, NC. The footage, obtained by TMZ, shows an argument between the two music divas during which Nicki shouts to producers, “I told them, I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f*ckin’ highness over there.” Mariah makes a few remarks to Nicki, but they’re not totally audible on the tape.
While it’s not captured on the TMZ tape, the exchange between Nicki and Mariah got so heated, Nicki reportedly threatened to knock Mariah out.
Sources tell TMZ the squabble happened when the two judges disagreed over a contestant’s performance. They cancelled auditions for the rest of the day to allow the pair to calm down.
UPDATE: Watch an even longer video of the fight below: