“It turned into an opportunity to humiliate me.”
After speaking briefly about the show to Entertainment Weekly last week, Mariah Carey has now made an official statement about her calamitous New Year’s Eve TV performance, in which she places blame on the show’s producers.
“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,” said Carey in an audio message on Twitter yesterday.
She continues: “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 machine and 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.”
Carey adds that she will explain “in greater detail to anyone who cares to hear it,” while stating that she is also taking a break “from media moments, social-media moments.”
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2017
A statement from Carey’s manager last week tried to clarify what happened on the night, explaining that her in-ear monitors weren’t working at all, while also labelling Dick Clark Productions, which produced the show for ABC, “disgusting” for not having formally apologised to the artist.
Earlier this month, Carey’s management team reportedly accused the production company of “sabotaging” the performance to boost ratings, which it later dismissed as “silly.”