“What was the worst part about being a judge on American Idol?” the late-show host asked.
“I’ll tell you,” Carey replied after a beat, “the best part was some of the memes that we got. We got some good memes.”
Carey judged American Idol during the infamous twelve season, which included her verbal sparring partner Nicki Minaj. “It was bleak, darling,” she admitted to Kimmel on Wednesday night. “It was a bleak experience. We don’t have to go back there, but there were some good hairstyles. We’ll stick to the positive.”
Kimmel had initially asked Carey about her friend Lionel Richie, who finished his first go of judging on the new reboot with Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. “Is it true that you told him not to do American Idol when he was thinking about whether or not he should judge it?” Kimmel asked.
“If I didn’t, I should have,” Carey shaded. “No, I’m sorry. Why? Is he doing it? Is it going well?”
Carey had previously addressed her experience on the singing competition show in very blunt ways. “I hated it,” she said in a 2013 interview. “I was led to believe — I was the first person signed on. Heaven forbid I look like I’m saying something negative, but honestly I thought it was going to be a three-person panel,” she went on to explain. “They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment. I was like, okay, Randy Jackson will be there, I’ve known him forever. This isn’t a big deal. This will be nothing. But it wasn’t that. It was like hell. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”
Later on during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she interrupted the host promoting her Las Vegas residency to clarify, “I wasn’t saying that Lionel wouldn’t be a great judge. I was just saying, I didn’t have the world’s best experience.”
Watch Carey on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the clip above.