Nicki Minaj (left) and Mariah Carey
Does Nicki Minaj's profanity-laced outburst
on the set of American Idol
raise questions about whether she's right for the family-friendly singing competition?
With a career as a no-holds-barred rapper, Minaj – who is heard on the tape saying to fellow new judge Mariah Carey
, "I'm not f–––in' putting up with her f–––ing highness over there" – brings a previously unseen edge to Fox's hit show. But her on-set antics haven't been received well by all.
Barbara Walters recounted speaking to Carey about the incident on The View
Thursday. "[Mariah] said that what you heard was troublesome, but that's not what worries her," Walters told the audience. "When Nicki walked off the set, people heard her say if she had a gun she would 'shoot that b––h.' "
"Mariah has hired extra security," Walters continued.
While Minaj is yet to apologize for the incident, she did tell Carey, "I love you, but we might fight again," according to Walters, who added, "Mariah doesn't feel comfortable emotionally."
Minaj took to Twitter Thursday to refute Walters's and Carey's claims of any threats of gun violence. "Hey yAll. Lets just say Nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper. Lmao. I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it," she Tweeted.
"Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz," Minaj continued.
(Minaj refers to her fans as Barbz.)
– who was sitting between the feuding judges – spoke to Extra
Wednesday about the exchange.
"I was the UN," he joked.
"I love working with passionate people. I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It's a very alive and very invigorating work environment. A lot of passion."