Carey and Minaj have since left the show -- with a friendlier dynamic between Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., replacing them -- but the 43-year-old singer doesn't look back fondly on the experience.
"Honestly, I hated it," she said during an appearance on Hot 97 Tuesday.
"Honestly, I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," she said. "They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment and I was like, 'OK ... Randy Jackson will be there' -- you know he used to play bass for me -- 'This isn't a big deal, this will be nothing.'"
"But it wasn't that," she continued. "It was like hell going to work every day in hell with Satan," Carey joked. "I'm just playing; it didn't affect me that much. I was disappointed."
Carey said she loved meeting talented contestants.
"It was disappointing when they would, for political reasons, not put people through," she added.