Nicki Minaj said she wanted to shoot Mariah Carey on the set of “American Idol” — and Carey, a mother of year-old twins, felt so frightened that she hired extra security, the “Dreamlover” singer revealed Thursday.
Veteran journalist Barbara Walters said on “The View” that Carey shared the new details about the feud that has roiled — or energized, depending on your perspective — the set of the creaky reality show, now in its 12th year.
“She said that when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch,’” Walters relayed.
Several “Idol” staffers, including hairdressers and producers, heard it, too, Carey told Walters.
“She said she’s very concerned,” Walters continued. “She is with her twins. She doesn’t feel that anything would happen, but Nicki is unpredictable, and Mariah says she can’t take a chance and she has hired extra security.”
Carey added that Minaj has not apologized for the Tuesday blowup, which centered on a dispute between the two show judges over a contestant’s talent.
But Minaj did tell Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” Walters said.
Fox had no comment Thursday. Earlier in the week, an “Idol” producer denied that there had been a death threat.
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Barbara Walters interviews pop superstar Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, center, poses with judges, from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson during more civil times.
Minaj’s camp did not respond to requests for comment after Walters aired Carey’s grievances, but she did fire back on Twitter Thursday, suggesting Walters is no impartial referee in the Battle of the Pop Divas. “Barbara walters didn’t reach out from our team,” Minaj tweeted. “I guess we’re too dangerous.”
She added, “I don’t call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet,” she added, referring to a gossip website. “Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave.”
Later, she ramped up her online assault on Carey. “I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon,” Minaj added. “Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn.”
The alleged threats went down during Tuesday’s “Idol” auditions in Charlotte, N.C.
A camera captured part of the blowout, with video showing Minaj waiving her hands and shouting, “I told them I’m not f—in’ putting up with her f—ing highness over there. Figure it the f–k out. Figure it out.”
Carey fought back, but it is unclear what she said.
Minaj also believes “Idol” producers goaded Carey into starting a smackdown on the talent show’s set, TMZ reported.
Sources connected with Minaj told the site that producers and members of Carey’s team are conspiring against her because they think a disgruntled Minaj will bring in viewers.