"American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj stormed off the set Wednesday, with the strained relationship between Minaj and fellow judge Mariah Carey worsening, People.com reports.
Production had to shut down for a while, the story says. The disagreement was over the judges’ different styles of critique, which bubbled to the surface in Charlotte, N.C., after a performance by 20-year-old competitor Summer Cunningham, the story says.
"Why are we picking her apart?" Minaj asked Carey, who had questioned whether Cunningham’s voice was suited for country music, the story says.
"Really? Is that what I did?" Carey said. "We’re trying to help her as opposed to just talk about her outfit."
"Oh, you’re right. I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the [BLEEP] panel," Minaj said. She then walked off the panel.
Carey reportedly commented on Minaj’s sudden exit: "I was going to do that the next time she ragged on me."
The story adds: “Even without the histrionics, Minaj proved to be the most entertaining of the judges. Between her ongoing habit of assigning nicknames to all the contestants — she dubbed singers everything from ‘collard greens’ to ‘Jumanji’ — Minaj also managed to ask hilariously bizarre questions (‘Have you ever lived in Tokyo?’) and put new and sometimes creepy twists on her positive critiques. ‘I want to skin you and wear you,’ she told one girl she was particularly fond of.”