The rocker apologized for his comments being taken the wrong way, and said that he is not racist
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Our long national nightmare is over: Steven Tyler has apologized for insulting Nicki Minaj’s judging skills, remarks that set off a scandal in the tight-knit world of reality-show judging panels.
Earlier this week, Tyler told MTV that Minaj, his successor on the American Idol judges’ bench, was more interested in feuding with Mariah Carey than in developing the raw critical ability that the show needed to nurture young talent. “If it was Bob Dylan [auditioning], Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!” Minaj fired back and raised the stakes on Twitter, calling out the racial implications of an old white guy saying a young black woman from Queens could not appreciate Dylan.
Now Tyler has apologized. Sort of. As he told Canadian talk show eTalk:
I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki. I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I’m not, Nicki.
Will it be enough to end the Idol feud. Eh, probably.
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