Mariah Carey's live performance during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest has already given us a lot to talk about in the New Year. Not only did Mariah's failure to sing throughout the majority of the performance (seeming to be bothered by technical difficulties) grab headlines, but the ensuing finger pointing from her team and Dick Clark Productions over what really caused the live mishap generated even more buzz.
The elusive chanteuse simply tweeted, "sh** happens" and, "here's to making more headlines in 2017" following the performance. But Mariah finally elaborated on her feelings about the show and the subsequent drama in an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday. "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 said. "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."
Dick Clark Productions put out a statement on Sunday saying that, "[A]n initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry."
Though Mariah has since received her fair share of roasting from the likes of social media users and Stephen Colbert alike, she said her fans have stood by her. "My true fans have been so supportive and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve," she told EW.
Mariah definitely has a fan in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Erika Girardi, who's also well known by her club diva alter ego Erika Jayne. "Well, I mean, she's a legend. It doesn't matter whether she sings one note or no notes. It doesn't matter," she said when asked what she thought of Mimi's New Year's Eve moment on Tuesday night's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (clip above). "She's a legend. She can do whatever she wants."
And don't fret, because this gaffe doesn't necessarily mean Mariah will be shying away from live performances in the future. "It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future," she said. "But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team."
Mariah didn't hold back during her most recent appearance on WWHL in December 2016. See what she had to say about her fellow movers and shakers in the music industry, below.