Mariah Carey says she HATED being a judge on "American Idol" -- claiming everyday it was like "working in hell with Satan."
Carey never mentioned Nicki Minaj by name during the explosive interview with Hot 97 in NYC yesterday ... but it's clear who she was talking about since their feud was no secret.
Carey -- who made $18 mil for her 1st season on the show -- says she was duped by producers who told her she was going to sit on a 3-person panel ... and when they added Minaj as a 4th judge, things quickly spiraled out of control.
"It was like hell ... going to work every day in hell with Satan," Carey said.
We broke the story ... Minaj and Carey fought right from the start -- and in their most famous spat, the rapper told producers, "I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
So, guess no Christmas duet??
New Clue in Weed Mystery
... Courtesy of Adam Lambert
11/4/2013 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Only Adam Lambert really knows for sure if that lit cigar he passed Miley Cyrus at his Halloween party contained the devil's weed ... and over the weekend, he dropped a pretty big clue.
Lambert was at LAX when a photog asked point-blank about the photo TMZ posted, showing the former "Idol" superstar handing Miley something that looks like (and probably was) a big, fat blunt.
You gotta see Lambert masterfully bob, weave and deflect when asked about it -- but then came the big moment ... when the photog said, "If it was a joint, say nothing."
The reaction pretty much says it all.
Now excuse us ... we have some Funyuns to eat.
Adam Lambert to Miley
Here's a Toke-In of My Appreciation
11/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adam Lambert lit up the joint earlier this week ... and then handed it to Miley Cyrus.
TMZ obtained this photo -- taken at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood -- showing a costumed Adam and Miley passing what sure appears to be a blunt.
Miley -- who came as Lil' Kim -- is no stranger to puffin' trees, but Adam Lambert ... who knew?
In case you're wondering if the club tolerates it, as Simon Cowell would say, Welcome to Hollywood.
I'm So Over 'Idol'
8/29/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scooter Braun is like several million other TV viewers -- he's over "American Idol."
We've learned Justin Bieber's manager will not join the show as a judge, and the reason is simple.
A source very close to Scooter puts it this way: "The only reason to do it at this point is vanity and he doesn't do things for vanity. Without the right to manage the acts, it makes no business sense for him and ultimately he's a business guy."
Jennifer Lopez and several producers made a play for Scooter, but we're told the stumbling block has been that he wants his hooks in the careers of the contestants and "A.I." can't give him that because of Simon Fuller's deal -- that's his domain.
So Scooter moves on. We've also learned he thinks "A.I." is crazy not to sign Dr. Luke.
Wants Scooter to Finger
Next Kelly Clarkson
8/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some of the honchos at "American Idol" -- and Jennifer Lopez -- have been aggressively courting super-manager Scooter Braun because their research shows people don't care about the judges -- they want to watch the birth of the next big star.
Sources connected with the show tell us ... "A.I." execs believe the show has lost its way by sinking their fortunes on the judges. The research is clear -- viewers want to see the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood emerge from the pack.
The execs believe there is no one in music better to accomplish that task than Scooter Braun, who built careers for Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, and many others. BTW, they're right. Braun's a genius.
But here's the rub ... Sources very close to Scooter tell TMZ ... he's flattered but has lots of doubts about doing the show. One of the biggest -- he's saying he likes being able "to go to the grocery store under the radar."
We're told the only way Scooter would even consider doing the show is if he could have management control of any contestant he chooses -- even the ones who don't win.
The likelihood he'd take the gig -- remote, but still possible.
Smart is Dumb
Reveals 'A.I.' Return
8/17/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez must sure think Casper Smart is cute, because upstairs there's a vacancy -- he just ruined her big announcement that she's returning to "American Idol."
Smart was promoting his new show -- yes, anyone can -- when he was asked if his GF was coming back to the struggling show. He dug deep and said, "Yes."
Apparently Casper thought the cat was already out of the bag.
So JLo will join Keith Urban. No word on other potential saviors.
NBA Star Jason Collins
And Adam Lambert
Who Would You Rather?
8/8/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA player Jason Collins hit the West Hollywood club scene last night ... and ran into former "American Idol" star Adam Lambert at a new place called Hooray Henry's.
Randy On Simon
From One Dog to Another
8/3/2013 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Jackson predictably sidestepped our question about his good bud "American Idol" cohort Simon Cowell.
Randy had just landed at LAX and he pretended like he was coming from Mars when we asked about the happy-ish news that Simon was about to become a daddy after secretly banging his friend's wife.
His reaction ... well, he made it his own.
Andrew to Simon
You Were Bangin' My Wife
BEFORE We Split!
8/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell's FORMER good buddy claims Mr. 'X Factor' was sticking it to his wife before they parted ways ... and THAT'S why he's accusing Cowell of adultery ... TMZ has learned.
We know real estate mogul Andrew Silverman isn't buying what Simon is selling -- that he didn't lay a finger or any other part on Lauren Silverman until after the split.
There's some proof to back Andrew -- photos (above) of Lauren and Simon kissing during a yacht vacation a year ago. By the way, Andrew was also on that trip.
Andrew, we're told, just wants out of the marriage and away from Lauren and Simon, and he's willing to settle custody and financial issues quickly. For now, he's asking for full custody of their 7-year-old son, but it appears from what we know that's a negotiable point.
A source close to Lauren tells TMZ ... Lauren and her husband were over before she and Simon entered into any kind of relationship.
Adultery aside ... we checked with a bunch of English folk who tell us the "Bro Code" extends to the U.K., and Simon squarely violated it.
8/1/2013 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell may have committed a crime in addition to a bro sin by allegedly banging his good friend's wife ... because that, our friends, is considered CRIMINAL ADULTERY!
Who knew ... but we did some digging and found a New York law making homewrecking a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 3 months in jail.
As we reported ... real estate mogul Andrew Silverman filed divorce docs in NYC, alleging his wife Lauren and Simon committed adultery during his marriage and made a love child. She's 10 weeks pregnant.
Do they make smedium orange jumpsuits?
First Pictures of Baby
Hidden Inside Friend's Wife
8/1/2013 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... THE FIRST PHOTO OF SIMON COWELL'S ALLEGED BABY -- unfortunately, you can't really see the thing because it's buried inside the womb of his friend's wife.
Simon's alleged baby mama Lauren Silverman -- the 36-year-old wife of his real estate pal Andrew Silverman -- stepped out in the Hamptons on Thursday, carrying Simon's little bundle of rapidly multiplying cells in her uterus (allegedly).
As we reported, Andrew just filed divorce docs claiming Lauren committed adultery when she conceived Simon's baby.
Adultery ... the real "ex" factor.
Accused of Adultery
In Friend's Divorce
8/1/2013 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell is a homewrecker -- at least according to his good friend who filed divorce papers accusing Simon of banging and then knocking up his wife DURING their marriage, TMZ has learned.
Andrew Silverman has filed divorce docs in New York and TMZ has learned he's alleging ADULTERY in seeking to end his marriage to Lauren Silverman ... who is believed to be pregnant with Simon's child.
It's pretty shocking ... in New York claiming adultery is like a legal nuclear weapon ... if proven, the cheating party (and Simon) can be forced to take a DNA test -- something that's hard to get in New York when a couple is married and the wife gets pregnant.
In the docs, Silverman, the plaintiff, lists Lauren as a defendant and Cowell as a co-respondent.
Andrew doesn't pull any punches in the divorce papers, saying, "The nature of this action is: to dissolve the marriage between the parties based upon (1) the commission of acts of adultery by the defendant and (2) defendant's cruel and inhuman treatment of the plaintiff."
Andrew is also seeking sole custody of the couple's 7-year-old son ... and wants the judge to approve the couple's pre-nup they signed back in 2003.
Simon Cowell & Friend's Wife
And Knocked Her Up
7/31/2013 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Judge this: Simon Cowell impregnated his good friend's wife ... and she's already nearly 3 months along ... this according to reports.
Us Weekly broke the story, reporting Cowell is expecting a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, the estranged wife of Cowell's close friend Andrew Silverman, a real estate mogul.
36-year-old Lauren and her husband have been in the middle of a divorce for a while ... but still haven't severed the cord.
Lauren is reportedly 10 weeks pregnant. FYI, Simon is 53 and this would be his first child.
Lauren's got talent too ... she's pretty damn hot. And it's safe to say Simon has a type. Just check out his recent exes, Mezhgan Hussainy and Terri Seymour.