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Ryan Seacrest Speaks Out On Mariah Carey New Year’s Disaster

Ryan Seacrest was on-hand live when Mariah Carey had her onstage mishap during New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but he’s remained mostly mum about the incident. That is, until Mariah’s manager lashed out at Dick Clark Productions for sabotaging her performance.

However, Seacrest managed to provide a statement that didn’t really pick sides. On Thursday’s episode On Air with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS-FM, Seacrest delivered the kind of statement that perfectly walks the line to prevent from actually offending either Mariah or DCP. Check out the statement below via Entertainment Tonight:

Ryan Seacrest Speaks Out On Mariah Carey New Year's Disaster

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“It is difficult to perform in Times Square,” he explained. “[Carey] knows what Times Square is about. It’s complicated. Imagine every single TV outlet in the world was there. So, there’s all kinds of technical things going on.”

Seacrest also noted that after introducing Carey, he was heading over to another stage that was blocks away to give the countdown, and did not even see the performance. “Things happen on live TV,” he added. “If something goes wrong, it’s unfortunate for anybody.”

The former American Idol host was also quick to defend the crew of the live show, who have been blamed for the awkward incident. “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,” he noted. “They and we are in the business of wanting people to look good!”

“Believe me, tricky things, tough things that can happen, happen on live television,” Seacrest continued. “It’s just unfortunate that it comes to all of this, because it’s a night of celebration and a night of fun.”

In a sense, you could say Seacrest was trying so hard not to offend anybody that the statement ended up being a bit vapid. But, when you think about it, Seacrest is actually right. It is pretty complicated to perform at such a high level in such an atypical environment. Occasionally, things are going to go wrong, and it’s unfortunate when they do. I’m not sure there’s much more to say than that: on the one hand, I don’t think this was all Mariah’s fault and, by the same token, I don’t think this was outright sabotage on the part of Dick Clark Productions. It was just a really crummy situation all around.

But what do you think of what Ryan Seacrest had to say about the Mariah Carey situation? Sound off in the comments!

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