Is it just ratings hype for next week’s debut of American Idol’s 12th season with virtually a whole new panel of judges, or is Mariah Carey feeling threatened as part of the fallout from her fight with Nikki Minaj during the American Idol road auditions. In an exclusive “Nightline” interview with Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey addressed the battle between her and Nicki Minaj, including Carey admitting she has hired more security in the wake of Minaj’s reported threats. “I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do,” Carey tells Walters. “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not going to take any chances.” Carey claims Minaj threatened her after an argument during an audition in North Carolina, with Minaj reportedly saying, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch.” Carey also talks about husband Nick Cannon’s recent hospitalization for kidney failure, as well as their 20-month-old twins Monroe and Moroccan.
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