Nicki Minaj chats with Jay Leno

Nicki Minaj, who is gearing up for the premiere of “American Idol” chatted with Jay Leno Monday on a number of topics including her feud with Mariah Carey. The rapper, who was caught on tape cursing at the songstress this summer, assured Leno that despite their issues, she’s still a Carey fan.

“I’m one of her biggest fans in the world, darling,” said Nicki. “It definitely wasn’t a fake feud, that I can say for a fact. It’s just one of those weird things you’d have to see to get it.  A lot of it starts off with us just joking but we are passionate, and both crazy and then sometimes it just goes [makes cat noise].”

And when asked why she chose to join the “Ido”l judging panel, the Young Money icon had this to say; “I figured I might as well have a day job and I can balance that and stay home sometimes. ‘American Idol’ is such a big deal, I didn’t want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“American Idol’s” two-part premiere is Jan. 16 and 17 at 8 pm. on FOX.

Check out more photos of Nicki Minaj on Leno below. –danielle canada