“American Idol,” judges from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj are seen recently at a news conference in New York. Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning.

Is this “Idol” threat an idle threat?

Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters that her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday.

Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday’s blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.

Walters said Carey told her that “when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unspoken by Walters) bitch.’?”

After a meeting Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” according to Walters. “Mariah responded, ‘No we will not.’?”

A former “Melrose Place” actress charged in a fatal auto accident two years ago was being chased by another driver, her attorney told jurors on the first day of her manslaughter trial Thursday in Somerville, N.J.

A prosecutor countered that Amy Locane-Bovenizer was intoxicated at the time, and that caused the crash that killed Helene Seeman and injured her husband, Fred.

Locane-Bovenizer, 40, is charged with aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto and faces up to 30 years in prison if she is convicted.

Attorney Blair Zwillman told the jury that Locane-Bovenizer was pursued for 4 miles by a woman whose car she had rear-ended, The Star-Ledger reported. He said the woman honked her horn and flashed her lights, causing Locane-Bovenizer to drive nearly 20 mph over the speed limit on narrow country roads.

Pundit Bill O’Reilly and comedian Jon Stewart will square off Saturday night in a mock political debate. Billed as “The Rumble 2012,” the show will be available over the Internet through live streaming.

When they step behind their podiums, the biggest question may not be who will knock out whom, but whether these two combatants will prevent the rhetorical smackdown from becoming more lovefest than tongue-lashing.

On more than one occasion, O’Reilly has spoken warmly of his rival, who as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” makes regular comic mincemeat out of O’Reilly’s employer, Fox News. “I like Stewart,” O’Reilly has said. “I respect his opinion.”

For his part, Stewart calls O’Reilly “the most reasonable voice on Fox,” though he did qualify that praise, comparing O’Reilly’s achievement to “being the thinnest kid at fat camp.”

Wire reports