"American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, speaking to TMZ on Wednesday, was quite clear: the feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is real, not something designed to up the show's ratings.
Caught out in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Lythgoe replied, "I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out. I would only do anything for ratings a month before the show went out. They've got my timing wrong."
In other words, we should be waiting for a stunt to come in a few months.
The Minaj - Carey feud became public fodder when a video showing the two arguing was posted to the Internet.
Speculation over the feud increased further when reports that Minaj had threatened Carey with a gun surfaced. Initially, when the video was published, that report went out. Then, later, Barbara Walters reported on "The View" that indeed, Carey was threatened.
Walters said Carey told her via a phone conversation with Carey just prior to "The View's" airing, that "when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unsaid by Walters) b*tch,'" which echoed the prior report.