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NEW YORK — After just a few shows, Nicki Minaj has been fired as a judge on popular reality singing competition “American Idol.” From strange accents to bouts with fellow judge Mariah Carey, producers made the decision after a heated shouting match during the program’s latest stop.

“They just had it,” a source says. “They told her to pack her bags and head over to ‘America’s Got Talent.’”

Minaj made waves in entertainment news when she was first announced as a candidate for judge duties last year. Her flamboyant demeanor and rumored attitude had many thinking she just wouldn’t fit in to a show that’s supposed to about the contestants.


Tensions seemed to be brewing during the first few episodes, as well. As many cite issues between Minaj and Carey to be mutually instigated, those close to the show maintain that it came down to a choice between the two. And Carey’s veteran presence in the music industry seems to have contributed to her staying on rather than being the one to get the boot.

“If you ask me, Mariah is the one with the attitude,” said another source close to the show. “There was definitely a Team Nicki vs. Team Mariah kind of thing going on.”

Though many weren’t sure the pairing was going to last for the season, it appears the stint is even more short-lived than first thought. However, some don’t rule out a comeback for Minaj.

“Watch — I bet they get her back on for Hollywood Week,” said RandyJacksonFan34, a commenter on the popular “Idol” message board Idol Love.