Dick Clark Productions slams ‘defamatory’ and ‘outrageous’ allegations Mariah Carey was sabotaged

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NEW YORK — Mariah Carey used social media to respond after her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance.

Carey tweeted about the night, starting with a brief profanity, throwing in a couple of sad emojis and concluding with, “Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

Carey’s team is blaming Dick Clark Productions, the production company behind the annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special on ABC, saying the company “set her up to fail.” And Dick Clark Productions is firing back.

“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,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement provided to CNN.

The statement continued: “In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that [Dick Clark Productions] 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.”

Their response comes after Carey’s team spoke to Billboard magazine and claimed that Carey, who had attended a rehearsal earlier in the day, had alerted Dick Clark Productions that her ear piece was not working. Carey’s publicist, Nicole Perna, said that her client “was not winging this moment and took it very seriously” and added, “A shame that production set her up to fail.”

If you’ve seen the performance then you know there was an issue with a pre-recorded track.

It appears Carey was supposed to lip sync, but the music wasn’t there.

It was painful to watch to say the least.

Carey’s mood seemed to range from frustration to resignation as she struggled with the pre-recorded musical tracks. Telling the revelers jammed into Times Square that there had not been a sound check for her hit song “Emotions,” she lamented that “we’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is.”

Telling the revelers jammed into Times Square that there had not been a sound check for her hit song “Emotions,” she lamented that “we’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is.”

“Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna said Sunday.

The AP and CNN contributed to this report.