It’s all good — for the ratings!
Tuesday night’s shrieking smackdown between “American Idol” judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will be great for the aging show, says host Ryan Seacrest.
“We want that! We want them to be on this panel together,” Seacrest said on his radio show Wednesday. “This is a good team, a great team, to go out and look for the next American Idol . . . the feedback that they give is very good.”
Minaj, a wig-wearing wacko rap superstar and Carey, a notoriously difficult diva, blew their stacks at each other when they disagreed about a contestant during “Idol” audtions in Charlotte, N.C.
Carey called Minaj a “b***h,” and the “Your Love” singer threatened, “I’m gonna knock you out!”
“It got heated between Nicki and Mariah,” admitted Seacrest, who was outside the auditorium during the dust-up. “It was intense! I’ll be honest with you . .. It went far last night. It did get intense.”
“These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants,” he added of Minaj, Carey, fellow newbie Keith Urban and longtime judge, Randy Jackson.
“There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing . . . That’s gonna happen, and it’s okay,”
In a video of the incident, taken moments after the spat began, Minaj could clearly be heard ranting: “I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out,” she howled.
The 12th season of “Idol” debuts in January.