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Ryan Seacrest Suggests Who *Wasn't* to Blame for Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Performance Mishap

The LIVE host reacts to Mimi's criticism of the production.

It's been nearly nine months since 2016 went out with a whimper, thanks to Mariah Carey's disastrous performance during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and we're still scratching our heads over how the elusive chanteuse's set could have gone so wrong. 

In case you need a refresher on the gaffe-filled performance, Carey barely sang along as the backing tracks to her hit songs "Emotions" and "We Belong Together" played live on the air, just minutes before midnight in New York City. She looked visibly annoyed and complained about the performance as it was happening. Carey and her team later blamed the mishap on a faulty ear piece and pointed the finger at Dick Clark Productions, who also put out a statement saying, "[A]n initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance."


And because we'll never be quite ready to let go of this delicious drama, Ryan Seacrest gave his take on Carey's criticism of what went down that night on New Year's Rockin' Eve when he stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Thursday night. Let's just say he has an idea of who isn't to blame for the awkward performance. "Yeah, what I think what was going through my head was and is that crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business. They put on the biggest live music events, and they know what they're doing. And, I mean, they know how good they are at their jobs, so my reaction was she was working with the best," he said. "I find it hard to believe they made big mistakes that night."

So what was the first thing the New Year's Rockin' Eve host did as the moment unfolded on live TV? Seacrest reveals all in the video, above. 

Carey's fellow diva Erika Jayne also had some thoughts on the New Year's Eve mishap when she appeared on WWHL shortly after it happened. See what she had to say, below.

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Erika on Mariah’s NYE Performance
Singer Erika Jayne from #RHOBH tells Andy Cohen what she thought about Mariah Carey’s disastrous New Year’s Eve televised performance and she may be in the minority.
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