Jenny McCarthy had a front row seat for Mariah Carey’s problematic New Year’s Eve performance.
McCarthy, who has co-hosted the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special for the last seven years, said on her Sirius XM show on Tuesday how awkward the whole situation was: “Mouths are hanging open, everyone is shocked. We only gave you a shortened version of that. We had to go through another song of her walking around,” she revealed.
She said she felt terrible for Carey and had a lot of sympathy: “It was just, it was so bad,” until something changed. “My sympathy stopped, however, the moment she accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her performance.”
“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 Dick Clark Productions did this on purpose and for ratings,” she added. “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.”
McCarthy, 44, says Carey never did a proper soundcheck and “for her to defame [Dick Clark Productions] was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing for their musical guests.”
But she isn’t alone in her frustration towards the singer. Whoopi Goldberg is also not a fan of how Carey has conducted herself in the aftermath of the singer’s disastrous New Year’s Eve show.
On Tuesday’s episode of “The View”, Goldberg cracked that Carey – much like her performance – “didn’t start 2017 on a high note” after technical difficulties threw off the “Without You” singer’s lip-synching.
Carey’s camp has since accused the production company behind the show, Dick Clark Productions, of purposely sabotaging her performance. The New Year’s Eve show’s producers have called the allegations “defamatory.”
Goldberg, 61, told her “The View” co-hosts how upset she was with Carey’s manners – insisting that sometimes you just need to suck it up: “She’s pointing fingers and stuff. Sometimes you just gotta say, ‘You know what? I didn’t do this one. I blew this one,'” she complained.
She argued that although Carey couldn’t hear the music through her malfunctioning earpiece, the music was clearly “loud enough for the dancers to hear; they didn’t miss a beat. Co-host Joy Behar argued: “Just to take [Carey’s] side for a second, if the girl is having trouble, why not say, ‘We’re having technical difficulties. We’re going to come back.'”
To which Goldberg insisted the production company was not having severe technical issues. “Because they weren’t… she dumped on them. This is not a fly-by-night organization that came out of nowhere to do this. They do this year after year. And if there’s issues, and there have been issues in the past, they cop to it.”
The Academy Award-winning actress can sympathize with how jarring malfunctions can be, but believes Carey carried herself unprofessionally. “What you can’t do is you can’t blame it on the people who are trying to make you look good, because nobody wants you to look bad,” she said.