Jenny McCarthy on Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Mishap: 'Mariah Didn't Do a Sound Check'
As you probably already know, Carey’s performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest was riddled with problems, apparently starting during her second song “Emotion” with Carey being unable to hear through her in-ear monitor, causing her to remove it completely. Then, unable to hear the backing track over the crowd, Carey eventually abandoned singing and lip-syncing all-together as she became frustrated, addressing the crowd, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Since Saturday, reps for both Carey and for Dick Clark Productions have been going back and forth, with Carey’s PR rep Nicole Perna alleging, “Production set her up to fail." Dick Clark Productions fired, "To suggest that dcp ... would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” and insiders previously told Billboard that Carey’s tech team had her in-ears “set to the wrong frequency” and that she had used a body double for rehearsals earlier in the day.
Now McCarthy -- who co-hosted the event with Seacrest for the seventh year -- discussed the performance on her SiriusXM show Tuesday (Jan. 3) and she didn’t have kind things to say, according to Us Weekly.
Initially, she was sympathetic. “All of a sudden I felt really bad for her, because it was that bad. It was a complete train wreck,” said McCarthy.
Though her attitude quickly changed. "Now, I do understand our egos, of course, want to blame everyone but itself for mistakes, but I literally had a visceral reaction to her saying that Dick Clark Productions did this on purpose and for ratings. I mean, let me tell you something. If Dick Clark were alive today, I guarantee he would be on air right now fighting back. He’s not, so I’m going to. The truth of the matter is Mariah didn’t do a sound check,” said McCarthy.
She continued, “She did whatever you would call, like, a dance move rehearsal holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check.”
Wahlberg -- who was in studio with McCarthy and also present on New Year’s Eve -- added, "The buck stops with the artist. If you’re gonna be a boss or you’re gonna be a diva, then you know, again, it’s your name, your face and your legacy on the line.
"So you leave something to someone else, you have no one to blame but yourself. The music track, missing a vocal, that’s on her. No rehearsal, that’s on her," said Wahlberg.
Hear McCarthy discuss the performance in the clip below: