Former American Idol judges should not publicly diss current American Idol judges. That's what Steven Tyler found out on Monday, after he questioned Nicki Minaj 's ability to evaluate and nurture contestants, and she responded with a torrent of Twitter abuse.
Tyler had told
that if rock legend
showed up to audition for
"Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!" He then added, referring to himself and
, "Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with
we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with
. Just saying."
An outraged Nicki responded on Twitter , " Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment."
She continued, "You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f**k yourself and worry about yourself babe."
Then, referring to her feud with Mariah Carey, during which Mariah told ABC's Barbara Walters that Nicki had threatened her with a gun, Nicki wrote, "LOL lets make him a shirt that says 'No Coloreds Allowed' then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns."
She ended her tirade by pointing out, "When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."
On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Jimmy asked Ryan Seacrest about Nicki's static with both Tyler and Carey before him. "Is Nicki Minaj crazy?" Kimmel queried. "Are you worried -- are you scared of her?" Seacrest laughed it off, adding, "I think people are going to be very impressed with how good she is as a judge on the show." Kimmel also joked, "If Nicki Minaj pulls you off that stage and beats the life out of you on the air, that show's is going to be right back, 50 -- who knows, maybe even 100 million viewers," to which Seacrest said gamely, "You know me, anything for the show."
The new season of American Idol starts January 16.
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