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Nick Cannon Speaks On Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' spat

Defending his wife...

By Alicia Adejobi on Thursday 4th October 2012 Photo by Curtis Sabir/WENN.com

Nick Cannon has weighed in on the controversy surrounding his wife Mariah Carey over her spat with Nicki Minaj on American Idol, blaming the show's producers for leaking the footage.

Fans of the show were shocked this week when footage surfaced online of Nicki launching an expletive-filled rant at her co-judge Mariah during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this week.

While sticking up for his wife Mariah, America's Got Talent host Nick also blames the show's producers for allowing the footage to leak.

"I feel like it's taking away from the quality of what Idol is all about; this is about people accomplishing their dreams and experts guiding these young people to do what they've done," Nick told Access Hollywood Live.

"I'm kind of disappointed in (TV network bosses at) Fox because they're taking away from the quality of what Idol is." "How else would all that stuff get on TMZ?" Nick added when questioned on how the footage was made public to gossip website TMZ.

Nick also took the opportunity to commend his wife for the way she dealt with Nicki hurling insults at her. "My wife is the strongest and the classiest woman that I've ever met," Nick continued.

"If you watch the video she just maintains her composure. She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and this is like a sidebar. I hope that's not what this show becomes about - the catfights."

In case you missed the footage, you can check it out here.

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