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Ryan Seacrest On The 'American Idol' Feud Between Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey (VIDEO)

05/08/2013 07:57 am ET | Updated May 08, 2013

When Ryan Seacrest was on "The Late Late Show," Craig Ferguson wanted to know about that so-called feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on "American Idol." When he asked if it was a real thing, Seacrest stammered for a moment, which was all the answer Ferguson needed.

"It is! It is a real thing!” he exclaimed.

Seacrest said, “I think when you’re on television in front of millions, there’s always the potential for tension.”

Ferguson then asked if it was comparable to Seacrest's on-stage bickering with original judge Simon Cowell. "It became sport, sort of the volleying back and forth," Seacrest responded. "We looked forward to keeping score, and afterwards we’d go and break bread and have dinner. But it would definitely be a competitive thing during the show when he was on.”

Somehow we doubt the currently dueling divas are breaking bread after the shows. Especially in light of recent reports that Carey has been threatening to leave "Idol" over all the feuding and disrespect, as she sees it. Her husband, Nick Cannon, said that she warned producers she wasn't into fighting and reality show drama even before she joined the show.

With "American Idol" ratings dropping lower than ever, there have been rumors that Carey, and possibly Minaj as well, could be replaced next season. So maybe the problem will just go away naturally.

For now, catch all three still with "American Idol," Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" airs every weeknight at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

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