Harry Connick Jr. Responds to Mariah Carey’s Claim That American Idol Was “Hell”

Harry Connick Jr.
"Must've been hard to judge in hell [angry face emoji]," Harry Connick Jr. tweeted directly at Mariah Carey on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. John Lamparski/WireImage

She says it's hell. He says it's heaven. One day after Mariah Carey said her time as an American Idol judge was "like going to work every day in hell with Satan," Harry Connick Jr. had a cheeky response of his own — with emojis, of course!

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The newest Idol judge tweeted directly at the #Beautiful crooner on Thursday: "Must've been hard to judge in hell [angry face emoji]," he wrote. "Idol XIII: welcome to heaven! [happy face emoji]." Connick tagged fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, show host Ryan Seacrest and the official Idol Twitter account in his post.

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In an interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Carey said, "Honestly, I hated [Idol]." She added, "I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," but the show included four judges.

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Neither Carey nor Nicki Minaj will return for season 13 of Idol. In their place, Fox executives brought back Lopez and inducted new judge Connick to fill the vacancies. 

When the news was announced in September, Urban — the one remaining judge from the previous season — released a statement in which he said, “I think this season of Idol is gonna be a blast. New team, new energy, and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”

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