Still reeling from the disaster of a NYE performance, Mariah Carey’s team is now in damage control and telling everyone that Mariah was sabotaged for ratings. According to her people, they told production three times that Carey’s mic pack was broken and instead of cutting to commercial or to the West Coast feed, they hung her out to dry.
“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mic pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, told Us Weekly on Sunday, January 1. “I’m certainly not calling the FBI to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there and they did not have their s–t together.”
“They acknowledged that they knew her inner ears were not working,” she said. “They did not cut to a commercial. They did not cut to the West Coast feed, they left her out there to get ratings.”
Emails to Dick Clark Productions on Sunday asking why they’ve been “suspiciously silent and let Mariah take all of the hits today when they are responsible for the mess” went unanswered. Her team called it “sabotage.” That’s how bad it was. Even Donald Trump took her off his list of people he wants to perform at his inauguration.
DCP responded to the allegations denying anything of the sort took place.
“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that dcp, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.”
While Dick Clark Productions could be to blame, one has to think another part of the blame also falls on Mariah who couldn’t perform a song she’s been doing since 1991. Anyway, ending 2016 with this disaster was fitting.