Nicki Minaj appears on ‘The Tonight Show’

Nicki Minaj appears on 'The Tonight Show'

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

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