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Why Was Nicki Minaj Late to

Why Was Nicki Minaj Late to 'American Idol'?

By JACKIE WILLIS

March 14, 2013

We've all shown up late for work before, but most of us aren't judging a live television show on primetime. Nicki Minaj blamed Los Angeles traffic for the reason she showed up nearly 15 minutes late to the live taping of American Idol on Wednesday, but does her story add up?

"We are coming to you live and on time. Say hello to three of your four judges who have made it here on time," host Ryan Seacrest revealed at the top of the FOX show. Explaining her absence, Seacrest added while sitting in the missing judge's seat, "I hear she is seven minutes out and there is some congestion on the 405 [freeway]. She should be here momentarily. ...Well, the show must go on so let's get the party started."

Making light of the situation, the host quipped, "Which one of you gave Nicki the wrong directions today? Which one of you drained the fuel from her car?"

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Finally, Minaj, 30, showed up 13 minutes late wearing a demure style that included a black hoodie pulled up over her head. En route to Idol, the Super Bass singer tweeted: "Stuck in traffic *sighs*." She later wrote: "F*** u Malibu!!!!!!!!!!!! *moves to Beverly Hills*"

Do you believe Minaj's story for showing up late? Let us know, below.

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