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Mariah Carey Says Working On ‘American Idol’ Was “Like Hell”

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It’s months later, but Mariah Carey is finally breaking her silence on what her experience working as a judge on American Idol was really like.

According to TMZ, Carey said during a radio interview that working on the show was “like hell … going to work every day in hell with Satan.”

Carey earned $18 million from her one-season stint on the four-panel judging table that also included Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. It was no secret that Carey and Minaj didn’t get along on the show, and though she didn’t mention her name during the interview, it was clear who Carey was talking about.

However, Minaj wasn’t Carey’s only gripe with the show. She continued saying that working with the contestants on the show was a positive, but didn’t agree with how the show handled its process.

“I loved the contestants. And some of them that were so good — and really good people, you could tell — it was disappointing when they would, for political reason, not put people through. I’m like, ‘I don’t need to sit here and do this,'” she continued, according to USA Today. “I would prefer to just put this person in the studio, record a record with them. Or tell another producer, ‘Yo, you should produce this artist because they’re beautiful, they can sing, they’re talented.’ “

Listen to more on what Mariah Carey said during her interview in the full Entertainment Report below.

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