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Other than tweeting out “Shit happens” hours after her New Year’s Eve performance, Mariah Carey has stayed silent on the matter, letting her team do the talking for her. They claim that the singer did do a sound check prior to the performance and even accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her on purpose for ratings. The company has disputed both of those claims.

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Carey is now speaking out in her first interview since the debacle. Talking with Entertainment Weekly, she reflected back on what went wrong.


“All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business,” she said. “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that, and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”

As embarrassed as she was, Carey says that the disastrous performance won’t stop her from signing onto live-TV events in the future and that her fans have been very supportive over the past few days.

“It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team,” she said. “My true fans have been so supportive, and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact, because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve.”

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