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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj

One & Done

They Officially Quit 'Idol'

5/30/2013 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Mariah Carey made it official ... she will NOT be back at the "American Idol" judges' table for a second season -- and just a few hours later her 'AI' nemesis Nicki Minaj also bolted.

Mariah announced her exit amid rumors that 'AI' producers were going to make a clean sweep anyway before next season.

As we previously reported ... 'Idol' is extremely interested in bringing back Jennifer Lopez to judge next season -- and keeping Mariah and J.Lo would clearly be a bad fit ... and a pricey one at that.

Nicki tweeted her sayonara ... thanking 'Idol' for a "life changing experience."

If you've forgotten just how "life changing" -- TMZ broke the story last October when Nicki and Mariah got into a 4-letter-laced battle royal during 'Idol' auditions in Charlotte.

1002_full_fight_video_nicki_minaj_mariah_carey_launchStill no official word on last man standing, Keith Urban's future. Randy Jackson's already said he won't be back.



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Wow ...    

AI is a sinking ship. They are old news now, making the show about the judges and not the potential talent. The Voice is a favorite in our home now.

512 days ago


This show is still on air?

512 days ago


She sucked even more than the show did.

512 days ago


She doesn't judge, she sits there texting on her cell, and playing with her extensions, and constantly keeps checking out her own boobs. She, like the show, is over.

512 days ago


Na Na Na Na - Na Na Na Na - Hey hey hey GOODBYE! AI is history and has been for a long time. They should just bow out gracefully they ran a full course, it's over with.

512 days ago


Clean Sweep = Good Decision but JLo = Bad Decision. Who in the fck is deciding this kooky shtt anyways?

512 days ago

Timmy Boy    

Can they stop it with this stupid show already? Its dead!

512 days ago


they need to pull the plug in this show and let it die in peace

512 days ago


Who cares. Who the hell even watches that dumb karoke show. I mean, it's not AS badly scripted and acted as X-Factor, but it's right up there.

512 days ago


Keith Urban already announced on the Ellen Degenres show a little while back that he is taking Randy's place at the judges table so he will be back next season!

512 days ago


Keith Urban, yes. Nicki Minaj, hell no.

512 days ago


Fired and replaced by Kelly Clarkson.

512 days ago


GOOD she was disrespected from the beginning. 1st they had told Mariah she was to be the only woman on a 3 person panel....2nd they hired Nicki Minaj someone not fit to shine Mariahs shoes ..and they don't get along ...3rd they kept Nicki around even after she was unprofessional and made threats....4th they stuck Mariah freakin Carey all the way at the end of the judges table in the dark and put disgusting Nicki Minaj in the good seat...5th they let it be heard they wanted JLO back..a woman who can barely sing. Mariah Carey like her or not is a LEGEND, a truly talented singer/song writer, the best female recording artist of all time.........and the Idol people choose to give favor to talentless, unprofessional trash over her...UGGGHH In my personal opinion Mariah would have been a little more out going if Nicki Minaj wasn't there disrespecting her left and right and constantly taking focus away from everyone and everything with her idiot faces and comments she made WHILE other people were talking. I think Mariah was over this sh*t early on, but she had to fulfill her contract.

512 days ago


It just wasn't her thing. She could not give constructive feedback. Oops, wait.... NONE of them did. Nevermind.

512 days ago


It's great how these coaches are "quitting" a short time after it's leaked the heads were likely going to fire them. You're not fooling anyone Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey - you left before you got fired to try and save face. Too late, everyone already knows you suck and were getting canned anyway.

512 days ago
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