We’re not done hearing about Mariah Carey’s now-infamous New Year’s Rockin’ Eveperformance yet. The “disastrous” live set became instant Twitter fodder, thanks to technical issues and Carey’s nonchalant handling of the situation. After the show, Carey tweeted a brilliant response to the drama and we kind of thought that would be that.
But no, the saga continues. Now, Carey’s team is calling sabotage, claiming that ABC andNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve production company, Dick Clark Productions, purposefully left the singer hanging on live TV just to boost ratings.
“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 Weecly , later adding, “They acknowledged that they knew her inner ears were not working. They did not cut to a commercial. They did not cut to the West Coast feed, they left her out there to get ratings.”
So why didn’t ABC cut to commercial or the West Coast feed during the mess of a performance? Were they trying to sabotage Carey? No, according to Dick Clark Productions, they weren’t.
“To suggest that [Dick Clark Productions] … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” the production company said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”