Video shows new judge Nicki Minaj in heated exchange at "Idol" auditions

Wed Oct 3, 2012 12:23am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The controversial rap star Nicki Minaj, who recently joined the "American Idol" judging panel, is shown yelling and making heated comments toward her fellow judge Mariah Carey, in a video posted to celebrity website TMZ on Tuesday.

The release of the video, which TMZ reported was recorded during an audition of "Idol" hopefuls in Charlotte, North Carolina, follows rumors that Minaj and Carey had been feuding.

"Idol" broadcaster Fox is looking to the new line-up of judges, which includes country star Keith Urban, to help revitalize a show that has seen falling ratings in recent years.

Minaj, 29, a rap star known for her outlandish outfits, is shown in the TMZ video yelling and cursing. It is not clear from the clip, which is less than a minute long, what might have led to the outburst or who shot the video.

"I told them, I'm not (expletive) putting up with her (expletive) highness over there," Minaj is seen saying at one point in the video, as she turns toward Carey.

Carey can be heard in the video speaking in the direction of Minaj, but her words are less audible.

Urban, who is seated between the two women pop stars, at one point raises his arms, and fourth judge Randy Jackson - whose tenure on the show dates from its 2002 debut - can be heard saying "Hold up" in an apparent effort to defuse the conflict.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment on the video.

Minaj, Urban and Carey were brought onto the "Idol" judging panel in recent months after Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez each left the show following a two-year stint.   Continued...

Singer Nicki Minaj arrives for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok