‘Rockin’ Eve’ Producer Claps Back Against Mariah Carey Rep’s Sabotage Claims
Mariah Carey had a disastrous performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. From all appearances, it didn’t even seem to be Mariah’s fault, as it looked to be a technical mix-up. However, this hasn’t stopped Mariah’s rep from accusing Dick Clark Productions of sabotage, prompting the production company to clap back with a statement of their own.
Basically, Mariah’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, threw DCP under the bus for having in-ear monitors that weren’t working properly. Bulochnikov claims DCP was told about the issue but never took any measures to correct it. Then, once the performance fell apart on live TV, the people in charge refused to cut away to the West Coast feed, bolstering Bulochnikov’s theory that Mariah was set up to fail as a tactic to get “eyeballs at any expense” on the program.
Needless to say, Dick Clark Productions didn’t take the accusations kindly, and issued a statement refuting Bulochnikov’s claims:
“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that dcp, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an 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.”
Ultimately, I think it’s better for everyone to just move on. Mariah set out to put the entire mess behind her almost as soon as she got off the stage, hitting up Twitter with a statement that shrugged it off with a “S*** happens”. Her representatives should follow suit, if only to prevent prolonging this incident in the public’s eye. Then again, I’m sure some would argue that any press at all is good press. But hey, Mariah gets plenty of that already by shading today’s pop divas.
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