Mariah Carey is starting off her new year with a new feud. After a horrendous performance on Saturday night (Dec. 31, 2016) on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square, the singer is blaming production staff for allegedly messing up her live show for ratings.
According to TMZ, Carey and her team is claiming the concert was “sabotaged” and that Dick Clark Productions knew about but her faulty earpiece — which the elusive chanteuse blames as the cause of the cringe-worthy performance — and had assured her the problem would be fixed before she went on stage.
Sources tell the publication that crew members were “screaming” about the malfunction during the set, with one person saying, “I don’t care that her ears didn’t work. She could’ve just winged it.”
“We could be in Aspen right now having the best time instead of being in dog s*** Times Square that smelled like a f****** sewer,” one insider close to Carey says.
Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov tells Billboard in a statement, “After the show, I called [Dick Clark Productions’] Mark Shimmel and I said, ‘What the f*** happened?’ He said, ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, ‘No way.’ I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense … It’s not artist friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year’s Eve gift to them.”
However, Dick Clark Productions is refuting the allegations that they had set Carey up to fail, releasing a statement of their own reading:
“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.”
Watch footage from the on-air blunder below.