Nick Cannon on Mariah Carey “My Wife Has Been Taking The High Road”

See? This is great. Mariah Carey responds to the Nicki Minaj dustup without saying a word. In this case, It’s her husband, Nick Cannon, relaying her message in an interview with KTLA TV in Los Angeles

“My wife has been taking the high road,” Carey’s husband told KTLA-TV anchors. “But it feels like even the producers and everybody else want to play into the sound bites.”

“She’s like, ‘Aw, man. I wish that experience could be about what the show is really supposed to be about,'” Cannon said. “She really loves these contestants and has a connection with her fellow singers.”

In my opinion, there is a ton of blame to go around here–from Nicki and her hot-headed big mouth, to the producers trying to make hay of the feud, and Mariah herself fueling the fire, in her own passive-aggressive way. No heroes here.

“What’s amazing is my wife foreseen all of this,” Cannon said. “She tried to tell the network, ‘I don’t think this is going to work. I’m afraid.'”

She wanted to be the only woman on the panel, methinks.

“‘I love the show, but you’re kinda taking it in the wrong direction. This is going to turn into one of those reality shows,'” Cannon continued to paraphrase. “She’s like, ‘I didn’t sign up to be on ‘Love & Hip Hop.'”

I’m not convinced she did HER part to make it work. Like I said, plenty of blame to go around.

“I think if they get it stable she might re-look at it,” Cannon said. “But nobody wants to be a part of anything that’s unstable.”

Eh. I’ll be real surprised if she’s back next year. When a superstar is paid a big salary to judge a reality competition, the expectation is that great ratings will be the result. With Idol’s rapidly declining numbers, I’m expecting a clean sweep. The producers MIGHT hang on to Keith Urban, because he came cheap in the first place.

Via The Wrap

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  • chillj

    I would respect Mariah more if she spoke for herself. She has behaved better than Nicki but Nick’s sporadic media forays don’t do anything for her.

  • Da 1 N Only

    Without coming out & saying a word herself about Nicki it’s pretty safe to say Mariah has never tried to make this work starting from when rumors of another female judge first surfaced.

  • jobeob987

    Hmmm, I had a lot more sympathy and respect for Mariah until her people (aka her husband) began telling her side of the story without her having to say a word. Passive aggressive indeed.

    Nick was right about one thing. Nicki MInaj would be perfect for reality TV. Make of that what you will, lol.

  • No Thanks

    THIS. Mariah never intended to make it work. Mariah’s goal was always to bait Nicki (which was like shooting fish in a barrel) and to make Nicki look bad while trying to make herself out to be the victim.

    This whole thing is a passive aggressive PR ploy letting TPTB know that she’ll stay only if Nicki goes.

  • mtlfan2

    i knew the ‘quitting threat’ was BS.
    And it’s great that she doesn’t talk about it. Nonsense should be left aside

  • Laura Corn

    She appears to have a problem wIth speaking her own mind. 18 million for her entire performance very disappointing.

  • Chablis

    Appears no matter what Mariah does; people will find fault.

  • Michael Bishop

    Watching AI, I don’t see Mariah baiting Nicki at all. Nicki is always the first one to speak. If Nicki would have keep her trap shut when Mariah, or any other judge was talking it would have worked out better. Yes, Mariah didn’t want her there but Nicki has been acting like a miserable child since GO.

  • bobo

    I do think the producers ambushed Mariah with the late addition of Nicki to the panel. When Mariah very publicly went negative about that, she sealed her fate with Nicki who takes any raised eyebrow as a shot across the bow. Did AI do it intentionally that way? Yeah I suspect they did, and it was dumb. If they didn’t then the only reason to add Nicki that late was the realization that they had a judging panel that would put a colicky baby to sleep, and that was dumb too.

    Nicki’s Nicki. Mariah is Mariah. They are both in character. The producers look like the Keystone Kops as viewers recoiled at the desperate play for the worst kind of attention by inciting a cat fight. It’s shameful. They just about sealed the fate of one of TV history’s most successful shows. Once you lose a viewer, it’s twice as hard to get that person back, and you lose those in that person’s sphere of influence.

    The producers need to find some decent personalities to be judge, and then get out of the frame–stop manipulating with the themes, the contestant pools, the soundbites, the reality stuff, the scripted judges’ comments, the lighting and camera work. Back away and let it happen organically as it did in the first few seasons.

  • Li Wright

    I think it’s unfair to put the success of a show on the backs of the judges….look at DWTS, those judges are unknown. Nobody talks about THEM….yet the show has maintained its audience all these years….but with AI, it’s all about the judges. Maybe it’s time they brought in some no-names and left the celeb name judges off the table.

  • Li Wright

    That’s her husband, and probably her co-manager. He IS a manager and has a media conglomerate business. So he knows what he’s saying. I can appreciate that the husband is stepping up for the wife….that shows me he really loves her.

  • Li Wright

    How do you know that? If we go back to the beginning, Mariah was led to think SHE was the only fem at the table….and any woman, including JLO and Paula would probably do exactly as Mariah — or they would walk.

  • Li Wright

    Nicki already has a reality show. I’m surprised that MJ doesn’t blog about THAT show.

  • Li Wright

    WHAT exactly is she supposed to say? I give her credit for not speaking. Besides, sometime down the road she will speak and give an interview, but not now…not when the show is almost over. And BESIDES, in the beginning she gave an interview to Barbara Walters, don’t you remember?

  • Li Wright

    I agree.

  • Li Wright

    Breaking from (reputable site)

    Think about this: Do you actually believe that Jennifer or Paula would stand for being at the table with Nicki Minaj? Honestly? Esp. after signing a contract where they believed they would be the ONLY woman at the table? Come on folks, honestly?
    If you recall, the producers brought Kara in to “duel” with Paula and eventually to replace her, and remember that Paula DID.NOT.Look. Happy! all season long.

  • Jake W.

    Totally agree with your opinion MJ! Spot on!

  • Eilonwy

    The way I was brought up, “women” are different enough that there’s room for more than one in any committee, and a well-bred person of either gender doesn’t do passive-aggressive baiting.

    If Carey doesn’t understand that she and Minaj have completely distinct appeals and wouldn’t ordinarily be rivals, then I feel sorry for her.

  • sweetmm

    Mariah wise to keep her mouth shut; it shows class. Nicki begins to act more and more like a fish-monger. Maybe producers find her attics entertaining but she really throw me off watching AI live.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, MJ, you nailed everything about this circus. Agree totally.

  • Miz

    They just repeated what was said in the interview with Nick on KTLA this morning and on The Talk today. I think Nick’s own words are pretty reputable. He’s not an ‘un-named insider’. He knows Mariah pretty intimately. :)

  • Li Wright

    That’s why MC told the producers, “I don’t think this will work” but the contract had been signed. She could have broken the contract, I’m sure, what then she gets a reputation for being “difficult.”

  • Li Wright

    This just in: Wendy Williams:

    I just watched this commentary and I’m with Wendy….Mariah didn’t need American Idol, and I suspect that Randy was let go as manager because of this fiasco. I think of Mariah as I do Sade. Fine Wine….a 1920 Rolls Royce…somebody who releases a hit CD every 5 years…and that’s what Mariah should do — go back to singing, writing a hit CD and then disappear for 3-4 years and return.

  • akita88

    As I said earlier and I thought to be one of the major reasons The Voice have overtaken the American Idol in the rating’s game, is the judges’s solo, duet, triple or quadrople song numbers before, during or at the end of the show. At the American Idol 12, Nicki and Mariah never showed their singing prowess which kinda like a letdown to the viewers. At The Voice, at its kickoff start, the four judges sang together and their chemistry was just amazing. If I remember it right only Kieth was given the opportunity to sing when he introduced his new song which was forgetable. I wish Mariah could sing one of her top charted songs (there are countless of them) so that she could teach the top 3 contestants a thing or two on how to render or interpret a beautiful song composition.

  • sandrajane

    Mariah is the one with the problem if she can’t work with another woman. She’s getting paid $18 million to sit on her ass and throw out some words. Being upset because another woman is getting paid too? Who cares.

  • Jake W.

    Mariah is just to blame as Nicki and the producers. She fueled the fire by telling everyone that she had to be the only lady on the panel. Plus she jumped in with fighting words last week by dissing Nicki about how other artists can’t get number ones. I was originally on Nicki’s side, but her twitter is out of control. As far as I am concerned, I’m on team nobody.

  • Li Wright

    Paula and Jlo never sang one of their top songs in the middle of the season, why should they start now? I mean, think about it. Paula singing Straight UP in mid-season? Jlo singing one of her songs mid-season? Nah…that would detract from the show….as for Keith, they fit him in with the other WGWG and you didn’t notice a difference….steven didn’t sing mid-season. They all waited until the finale.

  • mjsbigblog

    Paula may have been unhappy when Kara was hired, but she made an effort to make it work, like any grownup would. She didn’t go bitching to the press or try to undermine Kara.

  • mjsbigblog

    What does that article say exactly that my post didn’t? Deadline just reported on the same interview that the Wrap did.

  • mjsbigblog

    Wendy isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack. She’s also really catty and pretty annoying. I’m not very interested in what she has to say, tbh.

  • Kariann Hart

    Or bring in celebs who aren’t there to further their career. I’d like someone who worked in a band. Not really that well-known, but with exceptional knowledge of music and the industry.

  • hcpoirot

    You bet in the next singing competitions, famous female singers who asked to be a judge will make “the only female judge in the panel” clause before they sign the agreement.

    Its Iodl producer and FOX executives fault 1000% with this season 12 fiasco by signing Mariah and then add Nicki. After that, they rig this season for a girl winner with below standards boy finalists. They paid the judges so much that they are so cheap with song selections and give us the same old boring songs that we heard too many times.

    This is only human nature specially female famous person to not want to share her spot with other female stars.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that Mariah is being so “classy” vs. Nicki in this entire debacle. Mariah just finds others to be her mouthpieces for her (Barbara Walters, Nick, unnamed insiders), and at the very beginning when Nicki was first being promoted as a possible candidate for a judge, Mariah tweeted suggesting that Lenny Kravitz was free to be a judge. lol As MJ wrote, there’s “blame” on all sides here. What a circus!

  • skyfiremage

    Mariah has class and did the right thing by not engaging in an ugly spat with Minaj.

  • usedtobelucy

    I really don’t think that either Mariah or Nicki even knows where the high road is located.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True! lol

  • Amy Beth

    Nobody is covering themselves in glory. What I really hate is that this feeds into the idea that two opinionated women can’t ever coexist.

  • usedtobelucy

    Amen amen amen.

    So tired of people saying, Oh, well, this is just what happens when you tell a woman that she has to work beside another woman. …. Or, Mariah should have gotten it into her contract that she would be the only woman on the panel.

    Why why why? You never hear about a man having to be “the only man on the panel.” Please.

    Disgusted with both of them for feeding into that crappy stereotype (which, unfortunately, is true sometimes — as in this case — but I swear it’s not true *most* of the time…)

  • Not fit to print

    Mariah did the best she could imho. It’s hard to respond without a bit of edge when someone is baiting you. Idol’s decision to play this for ratings was disrespectful to all parties. Randy and Keith didn’t step up to the plate, either. No one looked good this year.

  • Not fit to print

    Just realized: there’s a reason half of us never learned how to spell NM’s name. Deep down most of us must have picked up that she wasn’t really into earning respect.

  • dabney c

    Right. What you want is a breakout star who comes from obscurity, or relative obscurity. Simon was a total unknown in America, and through his personality on the show, he became the standard for “the mean judge” for other shows. Jimmy Iovine is another example of someone who became an interesting character over the seasons. When you start out with *the biggest star in the universe*, expectations are through the roof, and that’s not a great place to be.

    Also, spend the summer months auditioning different potential panels. To just chase the big names who demand zillions of dollars without even knowing how they’ll perform on the job is nuts. That’s why deep into the season, we get judges who say only “beautiful”, or who meander through a critique without ever saying anything.

  • usedtobelucy

    “At the American Idol 12, Nicki and Mariah never showed their singing prowess which kinda like a letdown to the viewers.”

    Well, a letdown to *some* viewers. And I guess you’re right that many viewers expect this now because of what’s being done on other shows.

    To me, though, judges singing and performing — on *any* of the shows — is of no interest. Given that they get famous judges, I already hear their stuff all over the place. Been hearing it for years and years, in most cases. Can’t escape it when I turn on the radio, in other cases.

    What interests me in the contest shows is to hear the new voices that I haven’t heard before. (and that, unfortunately, I may seldom if ever hear again, even when I like them a lot, I must say!)…. I’m interested in seeing what new talent is out there, how fledgling artists develop or don’t, what brand new people whose voices I’m not familiar with interpret songs ….

    Judge performances are just a huge waste of time to a viewer like me. I suppose there are few such viewers in our age of “if you ain’t already a celebrity, you ain’t nothin,” though.

    So, yeah, probably mistakes were made by not showcasing the judges front and center early on.

    More’s the pity.

  • Miz

    Keith did fine.

  • Miz

    I think it feeds into the idea that two people who inherently dislike each other can’t coexist. Fox got what they wanted at the expense of the show and the contestants.

    They bit themselves in the ass.

  • Miz

    You hear about men refusing to work with another man he dislikes.

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  • usedtobelucy

    Yeah, that’s true. … But it still seems to me that you also hear that it’s important to some woman to be the *only* woman in a group — apparently regardless of who the other woman is. … Don’t think you hear that about men.

    Well, I know you don’t hear that about men. To me, it’s just a part of tokenism — we know there won’t be many women, so make sure that I’m the only one … or something …. This doesn’t happen for men.

  • chillj

    If I have an argument with someone I know, I expect to hear from them, not their spouse. It is cowardly. And part of taking the high road is not talking about taking the high road.

  • Ronnie D

    What has Mariah done to deserve that fat paycheck? If my memory serves me right, the producers had to talk to her to make her do her JOB. I bet she took the high road, on top of her gallant horse looking down on Nicki. lol

  • ohreli

    If Mariah “speaks for herself” she is going to be criticized for not ignoring Nicki. If other people say anything about it, she is criticized for “having other people speak for her.” The only thing she isnt criticized for is staying quiet, but you know what? Any one of us would have said a lot more if they were being publicly insulted or belittled. Before you all cast those stones, really! Ask yourself how easy it is for YOU to be silent when insulted!

  • ohreli

    For the record, Mariah was baited first by Nicki. Thats why she came back with the “#1’s” comment. Of course it would have been better to ignore Nicki….but man if it was me, I would have blew a much bigger fuse than Mimi did!

  • usedtobelucy

    yep. definitely.