Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey have incomprehensible fight during American Idol auditions

New American Idol judges Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey are bringing the drama to the aging series, as they fought during the Charlotte auditions today while Keith Urban sat quietly between them.

Mouth to Ears reports that “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 bitch and then proceeded to cuss her out. Producers had to stop filming and call it a night.”

TMZ has the video, and says that it includes Nicki yelling, “I told them, I’m not fuckin’ putting up with her fuckin’ highness over there,” though what she says is barely comprehensible on the shaky cell phone video that appears to be filmed from the same vantage point as the camera crew, suggesting a crew member, set visitor, or clever publicist filmed the blow-up.

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