Mariah Carey: Being on 'American Idol' 'Was Like Going to Work Every Day in Hell With Satan.' Then She Conceded It Wasn't That Bad, Adding, Though, 'Honestly, I Hated It.' (Hmm. If We Were Paid $18 Million for a Gig We'd Be a Little More Gracious ...) People, THR
During a radio interview music superstar Mariah Carey said about being a judge on "American Idol" last season, "I hated it," reports People.
The article continues,"'I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," [Carey] admitted, thinking she'd have fun working with her longtime friend Randy Jackson. 'But it wasn't that.'
"Carey continued: 'It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.' Carey then put a gloved hand over her eyes and laughed. 'I'm just playing. It didn't affect me that much,' she continued. 'I was disappointed.'"
Later in the interview Carey let loose with this zinger, according to People: "Some of [the contestants] were so good and also really good people. It was disappointing when they would, for political reasons, not put people through."
Carey made her comments on New York radio station Hot 97, on a program with Angie Martinez.
According to another People article, this one from last year, Carey was paid close to $18 milllion for her one-season appearance on "Idol."
While "Idol" was a top-5 show in the ratings last season, "In two years, [the show's] average audience has dropped by 10 million viewers, from 23.1 million viewers to 13.2 million," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Furthermore, the THR article notes, the median age of an 'Idol' viewer last season was 51.2 years old.