Though she doesn't feel that drama was necessary to draw attention to the new season of "American Idol," Mariah Carey says it might just help the show.
Looking back at her now infamous clash with Nicki Minaj, Carey says she did what she needed to do, including hiring security, because it was the appropriate thing to do when feeling "unsafe."
"It felt like an unsafe work environment. Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment. I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do," Carey says of the situation and hiring security. "Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances. For all the drama, I hope it helps the show, I think it's a classic, classy show and it didn't need this."
Ultimately, Mariah Carey says this show is all about the contestants and giving back. It should not be about drama, (ie: what is said or done on her part or Nicki), it should be about talent and giving someone an opportunity.
"For me, ultimately, this is about the kids, the contestants," says Carey. "I've been blessed to live my dream more than half my life, so I want help give that back to someone else."
In related news, Mariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have sat down for a candid interview with Barbara Walters. In addition to her discussing "American Idol," the couple will also talk about their twins ("dem babies"), Nick's health struggle last year and more. The full interview airs on "Nightline" at 11:35 pm ET on Monday, Jan. 7 (ABC).