Nigel Lythgoe: Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj American Idol Feud is Real

TMZ caught up with American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, in the streets of LA to find out once and for all if the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey feud is real or fake


“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.

OMG. So let’s keep that timeline in mind when determining if the next American Idol controversy is fake or real.

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  • Eilonwy

    Well, if Lythgoe wasn’t doing it for ratings, then logic dictates that he really is that incompetent in keeping order on his own set and that backbiting and underhanded about leaking gossip to TMZ just for the lulz.

    But at least he felt comfortable confirming that. Some therapist is probably applauding at the progress he’s made.

  • irockhard

    I don’t care if it’s real or fake, I just want everyone to STFU about it already!

  • irockhard

    They should’ve fired him and Ken, opportunity missed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nigel is disgusting me more and more.