42-year-old ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017’ host Ryan Seacrest is finally speaking out about Mariah Carey’s disaster of a performance.
Seacrest said on his show ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’ this morning: “I’m just catching up on all this, but there’s been a lot reported about the performance in Times Square for Mariah. And, you know, just to talk about it for a second, it is difficult to perform in Times Square. She had done it before because she was the first musical guest that we had had live when I started doing the show years — about a decade ago. So she had seen it. She knows what Times Square’s about. It’s complicated. Imagine every single outlet — TV outlet — in the world is there, so there’s all kinds of technical things going on.”
He continued: “For Mariah, I was up there at the stage to introduce her on the same stage she performs on. And it’s live television, and things happen on live TV, and, you know, if something goes wrong, it’s unfortunate for anybody.” He says that the claim that Carey was sabotaged by producers according to her camp: “Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real-time. I know this team of producers — I’ve known these guys for years. I knew Dick Clark very, very well. This is a team that wants to do everything they can to accommodate any artist. We are in the business of wanting people to look good and, believe me, tricky things, tough things can happen. It happens on live television. You’ve seen artists before in a concert pull out their earpiece because something happens. Something could have happened in the ears. I wasn’t in those ears. It’s just unfortunate that it comes to all of this. It’s a night of celebration and a night of fun.”