Barbara Walters spoke on “The View” about a conversation she’d had with Mariah Carey after the superstar’s blow up with fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj earlier this week. Walters gave her own version of the drama that wasn’t caught on camera.
“Before the show I called Mariah and she said, what you heard was troublesome, but thatâs not what really worried her,” Walters recollected. “She said that when Nicki walked off the set, mutiple people heard Nicki say, “If I had a gun I would shoot [that]
She said there were staff members who heard, hairdressers, producers and other people. She said sheâs very concerned, she’s with her twins. She doesnât feel that anything would happen but, âNicki is unpredictable.â She says sheâs not taking any chances and she has hired extra security. She says Nicki has not apologized but they have since been together at meetings with the producers and judges. There was a meeting yesterday morning. After the meeting Nicki said to Mariah, âI love you but we might fight again.Mariah responded, No, we will not.â At this point Mariah doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally, but she will continue with the show because she loves the show and she loves mentoring the contestants. Both of these women, by the way, have contracts. There is a photo shoot scheduled today, we’ll see what the climate is. And then I asked her what the other judges said about it and she quoted Keith Urban who said he just wants things to be normal. Her publicist Cindy Berger said, For the record Mariah is doing well. She obviously has serious concerns but she’s hopeful that everyone will act in an appropriate and professional manner. She plans to move forward and she believes this season will be the best ever.”