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Without taking sides, and with an eye toward quieting the critics, American Idol producers have released a statement in regard to this week's simmering Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey feud.

  • Nicki Minaj American Idol Portrait
  • Mariah Carey American Idol Promo Pic

"This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had," the producers said in response to Minaj going off on Carey during a taping in Charlotte.

"We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol."

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On top of cursing Mariah Carey off during a heated exchange on the American Idol set this week, did Nicki Minaj also threaten to murder the pop star?

Yes, according to Barbara Walters. Wait... what?!?

On The View today, the co-host read from notes she took during a conversation with Carey in which the artist alleges "Nicki walked off the set and multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch.'"

Mariah also told Walters she has hired extra security to protect her from Minaj.

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Nick Cannon has weighed in on the Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj feud - and you'll never guess which side he's taking.

"My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met," Cannon said today on Access Hollywood Live when asked about Minaj going off on Carey during an early Season 12 audition episode.

"If you watch the video, she just maintains her composure… I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people."

We've posted the video here.

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by Hilton Hater at

During an American Idol taping in Charlotte last night, Nicki Minaj lost her collective $hit on fellow judge Mariah Carey, cursing her off and, according to some reports, even threatening the life of this pop music icon.

You can listen to parts of the exchange below:

During his radio program this morning, Ryan Seacrest acknowledged that a confrontation took place and explained it as such:

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by Free Britney at

In honor of the 2012 presidential debates, which kick off this evening in Denver, THG decided to take a look five celebrity debates we'd like to see.

Forget Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Tell us who would win debates between ...

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  • Amanda Bynes Outside Jail

Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes

These two have a lot in common - former child stars now best known for erratic behavior and legal woes - as well as strong opinions about each other.

Who would win this debate? Vote!

 

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by Hilton Hater at

If tension equates to ratings, American Idol may shatter a few records this season.

During a taping of early Season 12 auditions in Charlotte yesterday, production slammed to a halt when Nicki Minaj WENT OFF on Mariah Carey - and portions of the incident are caught on tape!

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It's been two days since Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were confirmed as American Idol judges on Season 12.

And there's already talk of contention among panelists.

American Idol Team

According to show sources, Mariah Carey was peeved from the outset over Minaj possibly joining the judging table, considering the outspoken rapper would give the pop legend a run for her diva-like money.

Asked by reporters yesterday about the supposed tension between her and Minaj, Carey dismissed the chatter, saying: "How can we feud in two days? I think a feud takes a little longer."

Nicki didn't have anything negative to say about Mariah, either, labeling her very brief Idol experience - which includes a couple hours of auditions - so far as "wonderful."

Concluded Randy Jackson: "We're having fun, dude. We've been having a good time. There has been a lot of laughs."

Well... darn. Where's the gossip related fun in that?!?

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by Hilton Hater at

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champions last night in New Jersey, kicking off the 2012 NFL season with a 24-17 victory over the New York Giants.

But the real victor on the evening may have been Mariah Carey, who performed her new track "Triumphant" live in New York City prior to the opening whistle and blew the proverbial lid off the Big Apple.

Watch the new American Idol judge do her sexy, talented thing now:

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by Hilton Hater at

With names of potential American Idol judges flying around faster than Kim Kardashian's clothes at a 2001 swingers party, Mariah Carey has decided to make her voice known.

The one person who we know we'll see on the panel in January Tweeted a photo of herself and Lenny Kravitz this week along with the caption:

"@AmericanIdol What's going on? need the info!! What about this combo? : ) if we could ever get him to do it!"

Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz

According to reports, Carey is peeved over the likely inclusion of Nicki Minaj as a Season 12 judge, having been allegedly told no other females would be hired for the position.

The latest rumor, meanwhile, actually places Kanye West alongside the legendary pop singer.

It's a pretty big mess, but it's also keeping American Idol in the news. What do you think of Mariah's suggestion? Would Lenny Kravitz make a quality judge?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Despite reports to the contrary yesterday, Nicki Minaj is NOT officially an American Idol judge.

According to a new source, show producers first must decide whether Randy Jackson will remain on the panel before they decide on just who sits alongside Mariah Carey.

And if it were up to Carey, that individual would most certainly not be Minaj.

  • Nicki Minaj Performance Pic
  • Mariah Carey in Austria

TMZ says Carey hung up the phone in anger after learning of Nicki's possible hiring. She was reportedly angry over the inclusion of another female on the show, especially a female 13 years her junior.

While the Powers That Be deal with that issue, they are considering Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and/or Enrique Iglesias as either the fourth judge (if Randy stays) or the third judge (if he leaves and Minaj does, indeed, come on board).

There's also another topic of controversy about which producers are worrying: would a panel of Minaj, Jackson and Carey be a turnoff to middle America?

Hey, we aren't the ones asking. We're just relaying the show's concerns and questions.

[Photos: WENN.com]

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