'American Idol' Smackdown: Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey Feud Explodes Online

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The American Idol judges battle elevated to defcon one Thursday morning after Mariah Carey hurled a big accusation against panelist Nicki Minaj on The View.

Carey, who granted View host Barbara Walters a pre-show telephone interview prior to the show's airing, revealed that several people oveheard Minaj say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot the b***h," following a squabble over a contestant in Charlotte, N.C.

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"She said there were staff members that heard it, producers, hairdressers, other people," Walters said.

Carey told Walters, that she “doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally,” but will continue with the show and has hired extra security. She has no plans to exit the show, because she loves mentoring the contestants, Walters added.

Almost immediately, Minaj took to Twitter in an attempt to clear her name. Minaj tweeted continuously following the program with her own thoughts, and retweeted supportive comments from fans in the process.

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Minaj's ire was directed at Walters, whom the rapper said didn't  bother to reach out for her side of the story. Minaj also claimed that the comment never happened, adding that she doesn't run to the phone to call "tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet."

Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper. Lmao. I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) October 4, 2012

Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz.

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