Just over a week after having a disastrous New Year’s Eve performance, Mariah Carey has come out to say that she was deliberately sabotaged by Dick Clark Productions and ABC, all in the name of ratings.
These claims sound quite similar to what her representatives had said about the matter.
In case you didn’t know or can’t recall, Mariah Carey was performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest when a vocal track malfunctioned and messed up her lip-syncing onstage.
Now she is crying foul and throwing the blame on ABC and its production arm, Dick Clark Productions.
She posted a statement on Sunday (December 8) saying that she was placed in a compromising position, on purpose, and publicly humiliated.
Following the sabotage claims from Carey’s camp, Dick Clark Productions and ABC squarely denied any wrongdoing and even suggested that it was the singer who botched the performance. They also labeled the accusations as defamatory, which might mean some legal action ahead.
Here’s Mariah Carey’s full statement:
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2017
And here is the full transcript of the statement:
“I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve. And in time, I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirits, and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world.
It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control. It’s not practical for a singer to sing live and be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square, with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating. Especially when their ear monitors were not working at all.
Listen guys, they foiled me. Thus, it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me.
Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail for anyone who cares to hear. I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt, but I’m more concerned and truly grateful for my fans and my true friends who have been so supportive in this time. I’m going to take a break from media moments, social media moments. Although, I am going to fulfill my professional obligations, this is an important time for me to finally take a moment for myself. And to be with my loved ones, and prepare for my upcoming tour in March.
I just want to thank everyone for their support. Thank you to all of my industry friends. And thank you to my fans, who are always there for me and will always be a part of me. I can’t wait to sing for you again.” Read more…