The producers of "American Idol" would like the public to know that all is well, despite a high-profile feud that erupted this week between celebrity judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey and included allegations of death threats and a leaked video that showed the two bickering on-set.
In a statement, the Fox reality competition show's producers said reports of the feud were "inaccurate," despite the fact that Mariah Carey herself called Barbara Walters to claim she had been physically threatened by Minaj. Walters then reported Carey's statement on "The View" Friday.
But to hear the "Idol" producers tell it, all of the focus on the feud is much ado about nothing. "This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol."
"The Voice" judge Cee Lo Green has another theory. Friday, he went on record to say that he believes the feud is fake, and is being used as a ploy to generate interest and ratings.