Mariah Carey’s Dumpster fire of a performance on the ABC special “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” continues to be savagely mocked by late-night hosts and others (see Stephen Colbert clip below). Meanwhile, Carey herself opened up about the New Year’s Eve disaster, telling Entertainment Weekly she was “mortified” by the incident.
“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,” she told the publication. “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.”
Asked whether she might think twice in the future before agreeing to do a live TV event, Carey said: “It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team.”
Carey’s team has fired off a series of accusations against event producer Dick Clark Productions, insinuating the performance was sabotaged for ratings. But DCP responded harshly, issuing a statement in which the company said: “To suggest that DCP, as a 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.”
Here’s a bit from CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that references the incident …