Lee Daniels and Mariah Carey

Lee Daniels and Mariah Carey

*Lee Daniels is expressing serious concern for his close friend Mariah Carey, particularly after her decision to shoot a reality series.

The “Empire” director, who worked with Mimi on his films “Precious,” “Tennessee,” and “The Butler,” says Carey tricked him into appearing on her upcoming E! docu-series “Mariah’s World” by inviting him to dinner in New York without telling him that the outing would be filmed.

“That b**ch,” Lee said during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Bevelations show. “She says, ‘Come over…!’ I show up to this room at a Kosher steakhouse somewhere on Wall Street, and the cameras are in my face and recording our conversation! And she says, ‘Dahling, dahling, dahling, sign (the release form), sign it, sign it, we’re doing a little documentary.’”

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels

Lee said he found out the following day that the “little documentary” was actually her upcoming reality series.

“The next day, I’m reading… that she has a f**king reality show, and I’m terrified about it,” he said.

Lee has his doubts about how Carey will handle potential hateration once the show airs.

“I don’t know if it’s a wise idea for her,” he said. “I was at the gym, I saw it, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lord. What is she doing?’ I think it’s bigger than her. I think it’s not a good idea. I think that the true geniuses have to be saved from themselves sometimes.”

The 56-year-old continued, “She is very fragile, and she has been through a lot. She has been used, she has been abused… She masks it with this coquettish thing that is hiding her nervousness and her pain and her own family’s abuse to her. She is misunderstood, because she is really, really ride or die. She really, really, really will do anything for you.”

The docu-series is set to premiere later this year.