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Mariah Snipes at Nicki

Nicki Goes Ballistic

CAUGHT ON TAPE

10/3/2012 9:34 AM PDT UPDATED: 10/3/2012 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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-- Sources tell TMZ, Nicki's rant on the "American Idol" set went beyond mere name-calling Tuesday ... the rapper also threatened Mariah's life, saying, "If I had a gun, I would shoot her." 

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Nicki Minaj
derailed the "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, after swearing at Mariah Carey and threatening, "I'm gonna knock you out" ... but Mariah FIRED RIGHT BACK with insults of her own.

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious ... shouting, "I told them I'm not f*ckin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."

Mariah can be heard saying, "“Oh why, WHYYYY .do I have a three year old sitting around me?”

Carey continues, "I can’t see my kids, because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to "knock out" Mariah ... but she said it before the video starts.

It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge's table ... with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We're told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant's performance.

Listen closely as you play the video ... you'll hear

Nicki: Think I'm playin? Think this sh*t is a f*cking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me -- off with your head!

Mariah: I am not being disrespectful.
 
Nicki: Off with your head, off with your head.
 
Nicki: Don’t tell me I'm insecure, don’t tell me I'm inadequate ... you gonna get sent [inaudible] just fall back; don’t ... you don’t know [inaudible] I don’t feel inadequate. You’re the insecure one sittin' up there running down her resume every five minutes.
 
Nicki: Every time you take a shot at me I'ma take it back, and if you gotta f*cking problem then handle it. I told them, I'm not f*cking putting up with your f*cking highness over there ... figure it the f*ck out. Figure it out.
 
Mariah: whyyyy, whhyyyyy ...
 
Nicki: Figure it out

Mariah: ... do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me???
 
Nicki: I’m not sitting here for 20 minutes and having you run down your resume everyday, No! Goodbye!
 
Mariah: Listen ... I can’t see my kids because you decided to make ... to have ... to have a little baby fit and going all around the stage.
 
Nicki: Good, well then go see them now, go see them now ... you’re boring as f*ck, you’re boring as f*ck.

According to our friends at MouthToEars.com, producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down.  We've confirmed that happened.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up.  It seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul.

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1150 COMMENTS

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VimalaNowlis    

They should cancel AI when people were still watching it. Now it's just a joke with bad judges and worse singers!
Anyone else noticed that Nicki always looks like she has a mustach? It makes her look like a female impersonator. Gives me a shock and a double take. Then I realize that she has very short space between her nose and her lips so her heavy upperlip is so big, it casts a shadow as a mustach. Very weird!

696 days ago
707.

J    

If this keeps up the show will be gone before it starts. I think they both think their better then everyone else.

696 days ago
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carol navin    

Show... done... im am relieved so MANY programs are "jumping the shark". I can go back to reading and face to face time with neglected friends. DID THE producers THINK this would work????? i am a little shocked NiM was soooo Jerry Springer

696 days ago
709.

DBOY6    

I WONDER DO NICKI MINAJ THA CLOWN DO BIRTHDAYS MA BABYS COMIN UP LOL

696 days ago
710.

DBOY6    

NICKI OLD ASS OVER THERE PROLLY STARTING GET HOT FLASHES N ****... B LIKE QUEEN M N LEARN HOW TO CONTROL YOSELF... GUR IT MAKE YOU LOOK SO YOUNG N DUMB... O YEA THTS RIGHT SHE YUNG MONEY...

696 days ago
711.

DBOY6    

SHE MAD CAUSE SHE GOT IN THE GAME LAST MONTH N EXPECT TO BE THE QUEEN I HOPE YO CAREER IS OVER

696 days ago
712.

DBOY6    

SHE NEED TO GET FIRED FOREAL... I WANNA SEE LIL KIM WHOOP ON HER FAKE ASS AT LEAST SHE BOUT THE **** SHE SAY....

696 days ago
713.

Paula    

WOW. Not a big fan of Minaj's anyway. Don't care a whole lot for Mariah either but at least she isn't ranting and raving like a loony. No class. Her outfits aren't cute either. She looks hideous most of the time.

696 days ago
714.

Leslie bell    

Wow

696 days ago
715.

Trueteller    

she didnt show respect to Lil kim.. obviously her biggest inspiration.. She didnt show respect to Mariah, she wont show any respect so anyone else cause she is fck rude !

696 days ago
716.

MoJo    

Idol has totally "jumped the shark!" Go away all of you.

696 days ago
717.

furious cupcakes    

This post is almost up to 1,000 comments. That's way over the most I've ever seen for any other TMZ story. I can only imagine how many people will tune into watch this feud play out on AI.

696 days ago
718.

NYCGIRL    

I think Celine Dion needs to replace Nicki....

696 days ago
719.

Dick B Nimble    

Who is Nicki Minaj? I have never even heard one her songs. Must be a big time nobody.

696 days ago
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Ms.Hoodchick21    

NICKI YOU ARE MAKING US BLACK FOLK LOOK BAD . SORRY BUT WE ARE NOT ALL GHETTO, CANT WAIT FOR THEM TO KICK YOUR GHETTO A$$ OUT OF HOLLYWOOD

696 days ago
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