Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey quit ‘American Idol’

Pair leave judging posts after only one season

Nicki Minaj has quit her post as a judge on American Idol, it has been confirmed.

The rapper, who earned a reported $12 million (£7.8m) for her role on the TV talent show, revealed on Twitter that she has left the programme after just one season. “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience!” she wrote. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”

Meanwhile, Minaj’s fellow judge Mariah Carey – who was said to have made $18 million (£11.8m) for her stint on the show – has also left, according to the BBC, and she will now focus instead on a world tour. Minaj and Carey had a high-profile feud during their time together on the programme – last October, Minaj threatened to “knock out” Carey during a taping of the American Idol auditions. The warring duo then came to blows when a disagreement over a contestant’s performance prompted Minaj to launch a tirade of insults towards Carey, but Minaj later claimed they had made amends by watching her sex tape together.


US TV network Fox described Carey as a “true global icon”, while a joint statement made with American Idol production company FremantleMedia said: “Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season.

“Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”

Minaj, who released her last studio album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ in April last year, is set to make her big screen acting debut in a new Cameron Diaz movie. The rapper is reportedly in negotiations for a supporting role in a comedy flick called The Other Woman, although she did previously take on a voice role in computer-animated smash Ice Age: Continental Drift, which came out last summer.