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Nigel Lythgoe

Mariah & Nicki Beef Is REAL

... And Here's Proof

10/18/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe is adamant ... the bitter feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is as real as it gets -- and his proof lies in simple logic.

Nigel was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked for the final word -- did he or did he not stage the feud for ratings??? -- and Nigel replied, "I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out."

He added, "I would only do ANYTHING for ratings a month before the show went out. They've got my timing wrong."

Translation: keep your eyes out for a crazy "Idol" ratings ploy in three months.

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kitnplayn    

You're a lying piece of chit. If this were true, you would not be boldly affirming it. If this were true, you would be taking a no-comment position. Everyone involved is s***, except Keith Urban. Dude, you are in the wrong company for your class.

684 days ago
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Jordan    

Nygel everything in realitTV is staged for ratings.

684 days ago
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Chuck    

The limey must think we are not bright..it's called keeping the franchise alive and in the public awareness thanks to TMZ and it's press release filled rag.

684 days ago
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tmztest    

hgj

684 days ago
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5Louie    

Nigel WHO?

684 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Here's your simple logic:
Mariah + diva + Nicki + diva + fight = ratings
..
Phishie from Philly

684 days ago
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northern gypsy    

the only "real" thing is this twits bank account and how the $$$ keeps rolling in !!!

684 days ago
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Diamond Goddess!    

Could be real--they both seem like the type.

684 days ago
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Allison    

Irish MEOW !! ; )

684 days ago
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STFUP    

I don't care if it's real or not - NOTHING will get me to watch Idol again. NOTHING. It's a dead show.

684 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Real or not real, we all have enough drama in our lives. No one wants to sit down and watch that BS at the end of the day.

684 days ago
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Gretel    

I doubt if it even matters in the grand scheme of things. I can't imagine that mess of a show will even manage to pull in bottom of the list ratings. A.I. jumped the shark at least two seasons ago.

684 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake.

684 days ago
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Heather    

I think it was real. Those two seem like women who would not like each other. Just my opinion..

684 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

So very, very staged. It's getting a build up of publicity long before airing so that less intelligent people will be eager to watch just to see the staged fighting.

684 days ago
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