/// Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Split With American Idol

May 31, 2013  |  Media Week

The American Idol exodus continues apace, as pricey divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have decided to leave the show after a single season. PMK-BNC, Carey’s publicity firm, tweeted out the news late Thursday afternoon, alerting fans that the singer “says goodbye 2 Idol” as she prepares for a world tour in support of her new single, “Beautiful.” Carey, who earned a cool $18 million for her 37-episode stint as an Idol judge, almost immediately retweeted PMK-BNC’s message to her 10.9 million followers. Idol production partners Fox and FreemantleMedia issued a brief joint statement acknowledging Carey’s departure from the show. “Mariah Carey is a true global icon—one of the most accomplished artists on the planet—and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season,” the statement read. “We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.” Minaj

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