Nicki Minaj: 'Mariah Carey Called Me A Bitch'
Sources close to Nicki claim Mariah started their American Idol beef...
TMZ claims to have been given the rapper's side of the story from sources close to Minaj, saying: "Mariah repeatedly berated her... until Nicki finally had enough and exploded."
And the sources were also quoted as saying: "Nicki feels Mariah has been wasting everyone's time by constantly praising herself instead of focusing her energy on critiquing the contestants.
"She keeps bringing up how many records she's sold, name dropping people she's worked with, how many tours she's done, and how many Grammys or awards she's won... Nicki is tired of it."
In a video clip published by TMZ yesterday Nicki was seen reacting furiously to something Mariah had said, shouting: "I told them, I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
And show host Ryan Seacrest addressed the row in his radio show yesterday.
He said: "It got heated between Nicki and Mariah. It was intense! I'll be honest with you... It went far last night. It did get intense."
But he insisted that a little bit of creative tension was good for the show.
"These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants," he said.
And he insisted that disagreements were "gonna happen, and it's okay".
"We want that! We want them to be on this panel together. This is a good team, a great team, to go out and look for the next American Idol... the feedback that they give is very good."
Meanwhile TMZ reported that things were peaceful at the auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, the day after the row - in a "calm after the storm" sort of way.
A source told the site that the video of the incident going global had "shocked everyone back into place".