The TV personality and actor was bombarded with questions about the tiff, which was leaked to news website TMZ.com, when he arrived for an interview with Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Wednesday (03Oct12), but quickly dismissed the "catfight" as a sidebar for the hit show.
And he took the opportunity to admonish producers for leaking the footage.
Cannon stated, "I feel like it's taking away from the quality of what Idol is all about; this is about people accomplishing their dreams and experts guiding these young people to do what they've done.
"I'm kind of disappointed in (TV network bosses at) Fox because they're taking away from the quality of what Idol is."
Asked if he thought the footage was leaded on purpose, he added, "How else would all that stuff get on TMZ?"
And Cannon assured the hosts that his wife is unmoved by all the drama: "My wife is the strongest and the classiest woman that I've ever met. If you watch the video she just maintains her composure... I don't think she's moved by the theatrics and the pageantry of it all.
"She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and this is like a sidebar. I hope that's not what this show becomes about - the catfights."
Good-natured Cannon then agreed to play fellow judge Randy Jackson as Bush and Hoover reenacted the squabble using a transcript from the video footage.
Carey and Minaj, the two new judges on the show, were filming an audition in Charlotte, North Carolina when a disagreement over a wannabe turned nasty.
In the video footage posted online, an angry Minaj shouts and swears at the Hero hitmaker, telling producers, "I told them, I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
But Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has shot down unconfirmed reports that Minaj threatened to kill Carey as the rant continued off camera.
The ageless beauty's sibling, Jeffery, died in 1976 at the age of three and Crawford admits she does all she can to raise awareness and cash in memory of him.
Appearing on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday (08Mar12), she said, "Because of that experience for me and my family, my mother, part of her grieving process, was to start a dance marathon in our town. So, even at a young age, I kinda saw, 'Wow, you can make a difference.'
"As my career took off and I was able to lend my name to raise awareness or to help raise money... that's my passion - pediatric oncology, specifically."
And, as a mum, Crawford admits she can't imagine what it was like for her own mother to lose a child.
She told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, "I remember maybe three days after my first child was born calling my mother, going, 'OK, how did you do it? How did you survive that?'
"She goes, 'I had three other kids looking at me like, 'OK, what's for breakfast and how are we gonna move on?''"
And Crawford often sees her late brother in the children she visits in hospital: "A lot of them are bald and I remember when my brother was bald and how self-conscious he was; he would always wear this little red hat... And a lot of them are on (drug) Prednisone, which makes them tend to be really hungry, like my brother... so he got a little puffy... and when I see other kids like that, that really takes me back to how I remember him at the end."
The actress was promoting her upcoming stint on TV challenge Skating With The Stars and told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover her rabbit, called Bunny, had asked to join her for the chat.
After joking, "You can never get enough good accessories in Hollywood," Young revealed, "She said to me, 'I'd like to go!' I talk to the bunny."
Tapping her head with a finger, the eccentric star added, "It's all here; it's mental."