The back and forth/”he said, she said” continues between Dick Clark Productions and Mariah Carey after her abysmal ‘New Year’s Eve 2016’ live performance saw her experience a number a technical difficulties while on stage (see: ear monitor malfunction, poor lip-syncing, etc.).
As Carey continues to be the brunt of jokes three days after the incident, her team are clapping at DCP for “intentionally setting her up to fail” – a claim the production company and its staff vehemently deny. Now, after strong defense from her manager, Stella Bulochnikov (see more on that here), the legendary songstress is offering her own commentary on the experience she’s branded “mortifying.”
Her weigh in is followed by word from Jenny McCarthy, the NYE special’s co-host, who maintains that MC did NOT do a sound check despite claiming otherwise….
“All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business.” “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”
EW: Do you think this will make you wary of signing onto a future live TV event?
MC: It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team.
EW: What’s the reaction been like on your end?
MC: My true fans have been so supportive and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve.
McCarthy, who has hosted the NYE special for the last 7 years alongside Ryan Seacrest and a host of others, took to her own SiriusXM radio show to weigh in on the debacle.
Actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg, McCarthy’s husband, was present and even gave his two cents:
“The buck stops with the artist. If you’re gonna be a boss or you’re gonna be a diva, then you know, again, it’s your name, your face and your legacy on the line.
So you leave something to someone else, you have no one to blame but yourself. The music track, missing a vocal, that’s on her. No rehearsal, that’s on her…”
In the words of our girl Xtina: