As auditions for the new “American Idol” season got underway in October, there was tension between the two women. One tiff was caught on camera (watch below), and Mariah has publicly claimed that after the row several people heard the "Pink Friday" singer say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch."
Nicki called the accusation a “fabrication.”
Carey told Barbara it felt like an “unsafe work environment” and “Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate.”
Mariah, who has twins Moroccan and Monroe with hubby Nick Cannon, added, "Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances.”
She does, however, see the silver lining, telling the news veteran, "For all the drama, I hope it helps the show."
The new season of "American Idol" debuts Jan. 16 at 8 PM on FOX.