"My wife has been taking the high road," Carey's husband told KTLA-TV anchors. "But it feels like even the producers and everybody else want to play into the sound bites."
The animosity between Carey and Minaj on the Fox reality competition made headlines even before Season 12 premiered, after an explosive video of the two women arguing was leaked on the internet. And now with just three contestants left, both judges have yet to put their differences aside.
Last Wednesday, Carey verbally jabbed Minaj over her lack of No. 1 singles, which led Minaj to call Carey "insecure" and "bitter" on Twitter the following day.
Although it takes two to tango, Cannon argues his wife "didn't sign up for that."
"She's like, 'Aw, man. I wish that experience could be about what the show is really supposed to be about,'" Cannon said. "She really loves these contestants and has a connection with her fellow singers."
The KTLA anchors agreed that the spat between the two judges is "a distraction" from the competing talent, and even called the producers' focus on it "so dumb." Apparently, Carey had the same concerns.
"What's amazing is my wife foreseen all of this," Cannon said. "She tried to tell the network, 'I don't think this is going to work. I'm afraid.'"
"'I love the show, but you're kinda taking it in the wrong direction. This is going to turn into one of those reality shows,'" Cannon continued to paraphrase. "She's like, 'I didn't sign up to be on 'Love & Hip Hop.'"
So will Carey sign up for another season of "American Idol" after having such a bad experience with her fellow judge?
"I think if they get it stable she might re-look at it," Cannon said. "But nobody wants to be a part of anything that's unstable."
Here's the entire interview: