As anyone who’s ever watched VH1’s Divas Live knows, Mariah Carey has had plenty of incredible, career-defining moments over the years. But she’s also had a few not-so-incredible moments, including her most recent NYE performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which turned into a disaster before America’s eyes.
The fallout saw both the singer and her manager pointing fingers at the production crew, while host Ryan Seacrest backed up the folks behind the scenes. Now, nine months later, the Live With Kelly and Ryan host is maintaining his stance and spilling more details about the fateful night in question.
Sitting down for a chat alongside co-host Kelly Ripa on Thursday night’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the TV mogul quipped, “What was going through my head was and is — that crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business,” he said. “They put on the biggest live music events and they know what they’re doing. And I know how good they are at their jobs. So, my reaction was — [Carey] was working with the best.”
He also questioned the credibility of the songstress’ claims that she was “foiled,” saying, “I find it hard to believe they made big mistakes that night.”
According to the 42-year-old, however, he actually didn’t witness any flubs himself due to the noise from the massive Times Square crowd. “I had to be told that something was going on and then try and find a monitor [which was showing Carey’s performance] to react to. So, I wasn’t quite sure what was happening, actually.”
Cohen rightfully pointed out that the rest of America had no clue what was happening, either. Honestly, we’re not sure we’ll ever know — let’s just hope the next New Year’s celebration is a lot smoother!
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