American Idol Producers Address Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey Feud

Celebrity News Oct. 5, 2012 AT 10:00PM
Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Where's the beef?

Not at American Idol auditions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, show executives told Us Weekly in a statement Friday evening, despite drama earlier this week between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

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"This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had," the producers shared. "We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol."

Calling much of the "speculation" surrounding Minaj and Carey's alleged feud "inaccurate," they added, "Production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge."

On Tuesday, TMZ released a shocking video from show auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, at which the "Starships" rapper (one of three new Idol judges, along with Carey and Keith Urban) snapped and cursed Carey out after she and the Grammy winner disagreed over a contestant.

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Later that week, their laid-back colleague Urban chalked Minaj's explosion up to her "passionate" nature.

"I love it, I gotta say," he explained to Extra on Wednesday. "I love working with passionate people. I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It's a very alive and very invigorating work environment."

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