Nicki Minaj is said to have threatened Mariah Carey after her American Idol co-star called her a ‘b****’ – it is now being claimed.
Show bosses cancelled filming in Charlotte, North Carolina for the day on Tuesday after a huge blow up between the pair where Nicki allegedly threatened and swore at Mariah.
But witnesses insist Hero hitmaker Mariah started it, according to reports. A source told mouthtoears.com: ‘Nicki Minaj walked off of set because Mariah Carey kept making jabs at her.
‘Nicki’s manager and team convinced her to come back to the show. Mariah kept at it and called Nicki a b**** and then proceeded to cuss her out. Producers had to stop filming and call it a night.’
It was previously reported how Nicki fumed she was sick of her co-star’s ‘f*****g highness’.
Their fellow panellists Keith Urban and Randy Jackson were caught in the middle of the row, according to TMZ, which is running a video of the row, where Nicki can be heard ranting at Mariah.
A source told the website: ‘[Nicki said to Mariah] ‘I’m gonna knock you out’ – although this was not caught on tape.
In the video being run by TMZ, Minaj can be heard saying: I told them I’m not f*****g putting up with her f*****g highness over there [Referring to Mariah]. Figure it the f*** out. Figure it out.’
Mariah can also be heard answering back in the video – but it is difficult to make out exactly what she is saying.
The row is said to have started due to a disagreement over a contestant’s performance. Producers are now said to be worried about how the pair will manage to work together for the rest of the season, TMZ reports.
Mariah was said to be unhappy with Nicki joining American Idol because she was worried it would turn the reality TV programme into a ‘freak show’.
A source previously told Hollywoodlife: ‘Nicki isn’t established enough to qualify as a judge. Mariah wants a panel of bright, inspirational and constructive judges. Not some freak show! Mariah thinks Nicki will just be a distraction and it will all be about her and her outrageous behaviour. Mariah will not be happy if Nicki joins the panel and she has let the producers know just how she feels!’
Mariah and Nicki have apparently not been getting along since auditions first started in New York last month.
During their first taping of the talent reality show the pair were said to have talked over one other in a bid to be the most vocal judge.
The drama began when 29-year-old Super Bass singer Nicki starting critiquing a contestant, but despite it being her moment to reign, Mariah, 42, couldn’t resist butting in on several occasions.
But according to TMZ, each time the Dreamlover star intervened, feisty Nicki just spoke louder.
A source said at the time: ‘These girls just don’t like each other.’