Mariah Carey now says that Dick Clark Productions deliberately sabotaged her New Year’s Eve performance for ratings. “They foiled me,” the singer blasted in a recorded statement.
It was the most disastrous performance of Mariah Carey’s career. Now, the singer says she was deliberately sabotaged by Dick Clark Productions and ABC, all in the name of ratings. That’s the most forceful accusation against the network yet, and could lead to serious legal action ahead.
For those just catching up, the Carey ‘performance’ was actually a complete and total meltdown. The singer barely sang a lyric across two hits, unable to catch up or find her place. In the process, Carey was blatantly exposed for lip-synching, with major questions surfacing about her vocal abilities.
The rest was history, with the clip going viral early New Year’s Day.
Now, Carey is taking the offensive against ABC and its production arm, Dick Clark Productions. The singer posted the statement earlier today (Sunday), a follow-up to similar accusations from her manager. In it, Mariah Carey squarely states that she was placed into an compromising position, on purpose, and publicly humiliated. “It’s a shame we were put into the hands of a production team that chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control,” the singer alleged.
“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.”
Earlier, Dick Clark Productions and ABC denied any wrongdoing, while strongly suggesting that Carey botched the performance. They also labeled the accusations as defamatory, which suggests legal action ahead.
In the statement, Carey also indicated that she would be taking a break from social media. But several hours later, she posted a new message, suggesting that her tweets are also ‘lip-synched’ by staff.
Here’s the full statement:
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2017
And, here’s 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.”