'Mortified' Mariah Carey Breaks Silence

She says Dick Clark wouldn't have allowed fiasco
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2017 4:59 AM CST
Updated Jan 4, 2017 6:21 AM CST

Looks like this dispute could run until 2018. Mariah Carey has expanded her remarks on her disastrous New Year's Eve performance beyond "S--- happens"—and she doesn't sound very happy with Dick Clark Productions. "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," Carey tells Entertainment Weekly. "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." On Sunday, a Carey rep accused producers of setting Carey up to fail in the New Year's Rockin' Eve fiasco, in which Carey flubbed lip-syncing to two songs after difficulties with in-ear audio.

Carey tells EW that fans have been very supportive after her "horrible New Year's Eve." The episode "isn't going to stop me from doing a live event in the future," she says. "But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team." Rockin' Eve co-host Jenny McCarthy, meanwhile, won't be in a hurry to work with Carey again. People reports that on her SiriusXM show Tuesday, McCarthy said she initially felt sympathy for Carey, having had her share of on-air mishaps, but sympathy turned to anger when Carey accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her. McCarthy said Carey failed to do a sound check. "She did whatever you would call like a dance move rehearsal holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check," McCarthy said. (Click for more of McCarthy's thoughts on Carey.)

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