Nicki Minaj not returning to 'American Idol'
FILE - This May 16, 2013 file photo shows singer and judge Nicki Minaj backstage at the "American Idol" finale in Los Angeles. Minaj is following Mariah Carey out of the door on "American Idol." The hip-hop diva announced Thursday on Twitter that it was "time to focus on the music." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj is following Mariah Carey out the door on "American Idol."
The hip-hop diva announced Thursday on Twitter that it is "time to focus on the music."
Fox and "Idol" producer FremantleMedia say in a statement that they wish her the best.
Minaj became a new judge on the Fox talent competition last year along with Carey and Keith Urban. Minaj and Carey bickered on the show, creating a feud that was uncomfortable for both viewers and contestants.
FILE - This May 16, 2013 file photo shows Mariah Carey at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Carey says she isn't retuning to “American Idol.” The pop star's publicity firm, PMK BNC, tweeted Thursday that Carey isn't returning to the Fox series and is planning a world tour thanks to the success of her new single, “Beautiful.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)
Carey announced earlier Thursday that she wasn't coming back to "Idol" so she can focus on her upcoming tour.
"Idol" veteran judge Randy Jackson announced ahead of the 12th season finale that he is also leaving the show.