Mariah Carey’s Ex Tommy Mottolla Weighs-In On New Year’s Performance / Urges Singer To Get A More Professional Team

Published: Wednesday 4th Jan 2017 by Sam

Mariah Carey may be several days removed from her disastrous performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but her showing remains a hot topic.

Tommy Mottolla – the Sony exec responsible for launching her into the stratosphere – is the latest name to weigh-in on the drama.

As reported, the performance saw Mimi meltdown by refusing to sing when her “backing track” failed to kick in. A move which has seen lip-sync accusations erupt in earnest.

What did Mottolla, who was married to Carey’s from 1993-98, have to say?

Find out below…

In a statement published on Page Six, the 67 year old said…


“MC is arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades. She has had more number one hits than any pop artist in history!!! She is a global icon and a treasure with incredible talent not only as a singer but as a great songwriter. What happened on NYE could’ve happened to anyone! Yes, her technical people should’ve helped pay more attention to all of it so that there was no chance of that happening.

[That said] It could have happened to anyone and it has, so everyone should just get off her back and leave her the hell alone and hopefully she will find her way to the right professionals for guidance. It’s never about the fall, it’s all about the recovery.”

As for how the diva can bring about said redemption? Mottolla added:

“My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career! I would never have encouraged her or guided her to do something like a reality television show!!!!! I don’t get it!! That does absolutely nothing for her integrity, her credibility, or her massive talent!! She should take a step back, think carefully and figure out what to do next. That is what she does best.. most certainly none of these issues or problems ever existed with her in her early days at Sony for the first 10 years when she skyrocketed to global superstardom!! Where absolutely meticulous and methodical attention was paid to every single detail and nuance that went on into her career!”

As any viewer of ‘Mariah’s World’ will note, manager Stella Bulochnikov takes no critique lying down.

She offered the following response:

“Really? Tommy is a relic. Did he give you that statement from a rotary phone?”


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  1. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) January 4, 2017

    Tommy is RIGHT! I’m not going to stop saying it until it happens, Stella and all those other people need to go! Though she keeps her working, she is bad news. I never liked how she’s constantly around Mariah 24/7. Why are you on vacation with your client + her fiancé all the time? Why are your children always in Mariah’s pictures? Mariah needs to wake TF up!

    • LISA LEVINE January 5, 2017

      Tommy is and icon record company exec. He groomed Mariah and take heed, everyone was scared to death of him. Mariah’s first 8 years was flawless. Mariah has 100% read Tommy’s note and she is now 2nd guessing Stella and the Parasites including Gay for Hire Anthony Burrell (who is using anything he can to get to the Top)

  2. M January 4, 2017

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOO! Stella’s response! LMFAOOOOO!!!!!!!! Tell this man to go screw off. I respect him for being a guiding force in her early career, but let’s not sit back and forget about the fact that he kept her locked away and emotionally abused the poor girl. Tommy, bye!

    • Jasmine January 4, 2017

      There is no proof he “emotionally abused” the woman (not a girl like you claim). There are two sides to every story.

      • FAF January 4, 2017

        Wasn’t he married when he was w her? Karma

        She was f****** him and got more than she bargained for

  3. MUSICHEAD January 4, 2017

    Mariah needs to do a better job of managing Stella because she is talking way too much out here in these streets.

    • LISA LEVINE January 5, 2017

      Stella can’t be controlled. Shes a lunatic and she’s drowning slowly, she will eventually destroy Mariah’s Legacy. Benny Medina would NEVER.

  4. M January 4, 2017

    Either way, this topic is dry and stale at this point with everyone and their mama attempting to get a headline by stating their opinion.

    Quite interesting considering all of these people had nothing to say when the woman was performing over 60 shows to massive arenas and theaters across the globe throughout this year and was receiving praise from fans and critics alike about how fantastic she was. But now she has one bad performance and all of sudden everyone is so worried about the state of her career. Pssssssssssh!

    • TDM90 January 5, 2017

      B**** PLEASE. I saw her last spring – it was horrible from the not there vocals to the lacking ‘Show’.

  5. IKNOWTHETRUTH January 4, 2017


  6. Kiii January 4, 2017

    Lmaoo Stella’s response, yes talk that abusive old man to shut the f*ck up. Mariah and her team have literally been doing a fantastic all year. It’s funny how now everybody got something to say now after 1 bad performance

  7. Kimk January 4, 2017

    He’s the reason we got the emancipation of Mimi he should keep talking so we could get a part 2

    • Jasmine January 4, 2017

      I believe you are mistaking him for LA Reid. Tommy Mottolla was the earlier part of her career from 1990 to 1996.

      • FAF January 4, 2017

        He’s saying that the trauma she faced made her write an emancipation album

      • Jasmine January 5, 2017

        @FAF I get that but to be honest that album was really put together by LA Reid. LA Reid got Johnta Auston, Pharell, Kanye West, Babyface, and several others to bring in comeback songs for Mariah. Mariah got Jermaine Dupri to also help craft the album. I hear a lot of Mariah in the songwriting for Fly Like A Bird and I Wish You Knew, but that is only two tracks out of 14. She is not the sole writer on any track on that album. Mariah herself has said numerous times that the songs on her albums are not in any way related to her personal life.

  8. StellaNeedstoGo January 4, 2017

    Stella needs to go, she was a bad decision and is using Mariahs name to further her own name. Although Brett introduced her, her expertise lies in reality TV. Her lack of professionalism was highlighted massively throughout the reality show. She fired most of Mariahs trusted people like her hairdresser, who has clocked on to what she is doing. Mariah might be blinded by her friendship, but just watch Cribs, Mariah was aspirational and Stella is cheapening her brand. Beyonce fired her father and took control, I think MC needs to take control and call the shots. She’s still young and there’s so many more hits to come.

    • Jasmine January 4, 2017

      I agree. I do not see Stella doing anything spectacular that any manager could do. If Mariah went back to one of her old managers I believe they could do a lot more for her career (Benny Madina, Randy Jackson/Irving Azoff tag, Randy Hoffman, etc). Stella is a booking agent, not a manager.

  9. Ghello January 4, 2017

    Ummmm …….We don’t know him! Now bye

    • Jasmine January 5, 2017

      Speak for yourself. You don’t know him. Now “we”. Everyone does not choose to be an idiot.

    • Jasmine January 5, 2017

      Speak for yourself. You don’t know him. Not “we”. Everyone does not choose to be an idiot.

  10. Musicmajot January 4, 2017

    But he is right tho

  11. RihNavy January 4, 2017


  12. iamdiego January 4, 2017

    Fun fact yall… did y’all know that Tommy is married to Samuel Clark’s Daughter Thallia? Sam merged American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres to help save & make ABC. He was one of the reasons they stayed afloat in the 50’s and 60’s. Google ABC’s history. I don’t put this past Tommy. I thought I was tripping when I googled it on my own, until now. I personally think Tommy’s unnecessary wishy washy response is proof. She clearly was sabotaged. All of a sudden he rises from the dead to make a statement about Mariah. MJ said Tommy is the Devil. This is the same dude that had Mariah literally locked up in a house for years. Very controlling.

    • Mark111 January 4, 2017

      You lames blamed like 12 people so far and it’s only been 4 days. Mariah is taking this L.

      • iamdiego January 4, 2017

        What? B**** you tried it. That’s the problem nobody wanna read, they just wanna insult people. F*** outta here.

    • FAF January 4, 2017

      That’s not her dad Thalia is a Latin American singer who has sold over 80m records
      Her dad is Hispanic as is she

    • Jasmine January 5, 2017

      @iamdiego stop spreading those lies about Tommy M. Mariah was never “locked” up in his mansion for years. They got married. Hell, she dated him while he was still married with 4 children. He crafted her career since 1989 and made her a superstar. Anytime a young woman marries a man 20 years her senior she has to adapt to an older man’s living style. Him wanting a wife at home is not the equilavent of “being locked up.” She got what she sought.

  13. @ASAPicon January 4, 2017

    I agree with Tommy, Stella will have to deal with the truth. Mariah needs to wake up from this witchcraft induced daze, Stella and company have put her in….

  14. Jason January 4, 2017

    Tommy didn’t make her career by being fame hungry! He might’ve been too controlling, but the results don’t lie! He’s right, and Stella is stupid! He didn’t even say anything disrespectful. He was surprisingly very complementary. Stella gotta go!! Mariah, girl, Wake TF UP!!!!!!

    • iamdiego January 4, 2017

      I think he was being fake. Just google it lol. And, I am not saying Mariah or her team handled that situation right. Maybe he knew they wouldn’t. They are disorganised AF on her show. You can clearly see the cracks to slide through. Mariah is lazy on stage, they are always trying to get her to do MORE rehearsal and so on. But, Ironically the same thing happened on ABC in 2008 when she performed touch my body “stop singing my part now baby”.

  15. Kiii January 4, 2017

    I find it interesting that TGJ refuses to post anything positive about Mariah. We Belong Together just went triple platinum and no post but they definitely made sure to post about Rihanna’s song going platinum

    • FAF January 4, 2017

      Sigh y’all say this about everything

      THe performance was bad if u can call it that

      They don’t post everything about anyone except Beyoncé

      • Kiii January 5, 2017

        They’ve literally posted like 4 different stories about what OTHER people have to say about the performance. Who cares. And it’s something positive amidst all the negativity

    • Jasmine January 5, 2017

      All press is good press dear. It helps her fight to be relevant.

  16. Black power January 4, 2017

    He told no lies!!!! Stella is bad news!!!! Mariahs brand is dwendling with her… first the reality tv show no one is checking for, then Mariah a supporting act on tour now this New Year’s Eve fiasco…. tommy is right

  17. H0tness January 4, 2017

    I’m done talking about this h**.love you mimi!^_-!!

  18. Meteorite January 4, 2017

    If I was Mariah I would listen to Tommy. Even though he maybe her ex and the two had a falling out, he was responsible for the foundation in which her career was built on. He made sure she had the best team possible. I mean, what does he lose or gain by telling her a lie?
    And obviously what Tommy said was right because he got Stella shook…

  19. Jan January 5, 2017

    Am i the only one who really enjoys all this meltdown situation ? It’s so fun to watch when she fu.cked up but she pretends everything is fine.

    • The One January 5, 2017

      It’s funny to me to!!
      I honesty don’t think Mariah even cares.

  20. Jasmine January 5, 2017

    Maybe Mariah should hire Tommy Matolla to manage her. They both moved on so there should be nothing wrong with a strictly business management relationship.

  21. Fancy BISH January 5, 2017

    “Where absolutely meticulous and methodical attention was paid to every single detail and nuance that went on into her career!” -Tommy Slayttolla

  22. dee January 5, 2017

    i’m so sick of the ear piece lies. She came out there prepared to lip sync to her own track.

  23. truthteller January 5, 2017

    Mariah fans are quick to label Tommy as an abuser, but Thalía (his current wife) seems fine. Also, Mariah is very careful to never say directly she was abused, only alludes to it.

    • Suicide Blonde January 5, 2017

      It’s a matter of personalities, Thalia has a strong character, she decides how to handle her career, when they meet, she was already a huge superstar in Latin America, she didn’t need nor she used him to elevate her career.

  24. Theman January 5, 2017

    It doesn’t matter. He had too much control over her. And she was planning to sing. Hence, the instrumental. You idiot.

  25. Justafan January 5, 2017

    Ok. Is anyone else SICK OF STELLA’S DAMN FAMILY???!! They’re like flies that won’t stop lingering around adding ZERO value to mariahs career

  26. eric January 5, 2017

    I would extend Tommy’s advice to any professional who allows Mariah to think it’s okay to lip sync an entire set. She needs people who will push her to do better.

  27. Terny January 5, 2017

    Do you Mariah… Tommy who? #Relic.. Ki

  28. Suicide Blonde January 5, 2017

    Not matter what the Lambs say, the man is right, let’s not forget that he was with her when her career was actually enviable.

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