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Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler suggested during a recent MTV interview that Nicki Minaj doesn’t have what it takes to be an ‘American Idol’ judge.

He said, “You just have to give your opinion. It wasn’t hard for me, but I would imagine it’s hard for some people, and they need a manager to say ‘Shut the f—k up and give them your opinion.'”

“These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death, you’re not going to get the best out of them. If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best out of him, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.”

As you might imagine, Nicki Minaj hit Twitter to rant, “Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet. I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? Why? Black? Rapper? What? Go f–k yourself and worry about yourself babe.”

She added, “When Steven first went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge.”

The premiere of ‘American Idol’ season 12 will air on January 16, 2013 on FOX.

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