Nicki Minaj + Mariah Carey Confirm the Obvious: They’re Leaving ‘American Idol’
Mimi’s PR team confirmed her quitting on Twitter, posting:
— PMK•BNC (@PMK_BNC) May 30, 2013
It’s been pretty much a given that Carey wasn’t returning, especially considering she almost quit before this season was even over. “Mariah doesn’t want to come back. Nicki is really disrespecting her, and she’s tired of trying to bite her tongue all the time,” a Fox source said earlier this month. The only thing keeping her around was her contract.
Meanwhile, Minaj announced her own exit on Twitter:
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013
For their part, Fox and Fremantle Productions only had kind words for the ladies.
Of Carey, they said in a statement (via USA Today), “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come.”
As for Minaj? They kept it succinct, simply saying they wished her the best.
Think it’s clear which side of the feud Fox was on?