Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol. Both singers announced yesteday on Twitter that they will not be returning as judges to focus on their own music careers, The Associated Press reports.
Minaj’s departure from Idol had been expected, and on Thursday she posted that it was “time to focus on the music” shortly after Carey’s official announcement that she was preparing for her upcoming tour and wouldn’t be returning as a judge on Fox’s talent competition.
Along with country singer Keith Urban, Minaj and Carey were new to Idol, where their occasional clashes stoked talk of a feud, especially early in their tenure on the judges’ panel. Minaj once stormed off the set after blowing up at Carey and the other judges, and Carey told Barbara Walters that she had hired extra security because she felt “unsafe” around Minaj.
Fox and American Idol producers sent the pair off with their best wishes on Thursday in a statement, saying that Carey “will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come” and that Minaj is “a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion” to the show.