Fox’s president of alternative programming Mike Darnell has confirmed that the highly publicised “feud” between new American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is true.
"It's authentic," Darnell told the crowd at this week’s 2013 TCA in Pasadena.
"The two of them were always angry," piped up Idol’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Carey and Minaj were also present, with Carey playing down the tension between the pair.
"This is a very passionate panel, there are a lot of strong personalities," Carey said. "The fighting is what it is. This is 'American Idol,' it's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid trumped-up thing."
Of course, this comes just days after Carey openly bagged Minaj in an interview with Barbara Walters when asked about the lyrics to a new song.