Finally, Mariah Carey has received what she's likely been waiting for ever since her awkward New Year's Eve performance: advice from her ex-husband. In a letter given exclusively to Page Six, Tommy Mottola calls Carey "arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades," a "global icon," and a "treasure with incredible talent not only as a singer but as a great songwriter," but he says she needs to get some help. "My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career!" In addition to having once been married to Carey, Mottola also launched her career back in 1990 when he was a Sony Music exec, Billboard reports. That was three years before marrying her (and eight years before divorcing her).
Mottola says that, while the New Year's Eve debacle "could've happened to anyone," Carey's tech crew should have paid more attention in order to prevent it from happening. He also takes issue with her decision to do a reality show, Mariah's World. "I would never have encouraged her or guided her to do something like a reality television show!!!!! I don't get it!!" he wrote. "That does absolutely nothing for her integrity, her credibility, or her massive talent!!" Amusingly, Carey's current manager responded to Mottola's letter like so: "Really? Tommy is a relic. Did he give you that statement from a rotary phone?" That same manager told ETOnline Wednesday that she's "furious" over what happened to Carey at New Year's Rockin' Eve, again calling out Dick Clark Productions: "They could have cut to a commercial, they could have edited the West Coast feed to make her look good" after it was clear she was having issues with the audio. (Carey has also called out Dick Clark Productions.)