Ryan Seacrest says 'American Idol' doesn't mind quarrelling judges
Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj and during a news conference in New York for 'American Idol' on Monday Sept. 17, 2012. (AP / Michael Becker)
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:32PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:23AM EDT
NEW YORK -- Feuding divas on "American Idol"? Ryan Seacrest says that's just great.
The show's host said Wednesday that things got intense between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C., the day before.
In the midst of a dispute over a contestant, Minaj announced that she was no longer putting up with "her ... highness," a reference to Carey with a few expletives added in. Another new judge, Keith Urban, was in the unenviable position of sitting between them.
Seacrest says on his radio show that "Idol" needs some passionate debate.