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Nick Cannon

Mariah's Feud with Nicki

Is 'No Big Deal'

10/6/2012 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Nick Cannon
is doing his husbandly duty to downplay the beef between his wife, Mariah Carey, and her "American Idol" judging partner Nicki Minaj ... telling our photog the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

Nick broke out his thesaurus when we caught up with him at the Santa Monica Pier today as he tried to deflect attention away from the confrontations between Mariah and Nicki.

As a host of a talent show of his own, he managed to turn the question around and try and direct the focus on the good things that come from shows like "Idol" and "America's Got Talent."

Despite what Nick thinks, Mariah takes this beef very seriously. She told Barbra Walters earlier this week that she has hired extra security after Nicki threatened to shoot her.

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andria    

the Santa Monica Pie, huh? Sounds tasty.

558 days ago
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SarahBeebee    

To Nicki minaj fans.... this is how you stay classy and professional.

558 days ago
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wendy    

I really like this guy, a real class act, always the voice of reason. I really like Mariah but I'm sure it's not easy being married to her and he makes it appear flawless.

558 days ago
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Elizabeth Alan    

Isn't being difficult, mouthy, and the center of attention expected of Diva's.

558 days ago
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verlinda    

American Idol is during everything to amp their ratings for the new season. TMZ...how many people have told you this is Bull****. Why are you insisting on making something out of nothing????? Find some REAL NEW.

558 days ago
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Awnya    

Yes, we know Nick. It is American Idol's way of boosting he ratings..

558 days ago
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steak man     

Mr. Carey has to play nice, he doesn't want to lose his meal ticket. If it wasn't for Mariah he would be selling crack in Compton.

558 days ago
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swack    

At this point I am beginning to believe this is all for ratings. It is so sad that the focus has been put on the judges and not on the contestants. How about we show some of the contestants (and not the ones who fall flat on their faces because they, like me, can't sing worth anything) and everyone involved with the judging keeping quiet about what goes on between them. This constant barrage about this ONE argument is getting old and beyond the point of being totally childish. And wasn't Nick just blasting AI because of this and now he is taking the high road? Just asking.

558 days ago
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Jen    

No **** retard, it's fake.

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Now this is getting out of hand. Do u guys really need to make a story for each breath someone makes?

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Obama is not a citizen

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Obama is my mama

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Obama and Harvey is the same person

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Obama and Mitt Romney are brothers

558 days ago
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Melissa1987    

Lastly Obama is canbodian

558 days ago
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