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Jenny McCarthy Says Mariah Carey Only Has Herself to Blame For New Year’s Eve Performance

January 3, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Jenny McCarthy thinks that Mariah Carey should stop pointing the blame at everyone else for her now-infamous New Year’s Eve performance. McCarthy, who co-hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, spoke on her radio show about the performance, which became the talk on and of the internet after technical glitches marred the performance, causing Carey to essentially give up early on in the gig.

“Mouths were hanging open, everyone was shocked,” she said. “We only gave you a shortened version of that. We had to go through another song of her walking around. It was just, it was so bad, and then for a moment I said, ‘Take a step back, Jenny, and try to find some empathy right now.’ And I did…of a sudden I felt really bad for her, because it was that bad, it was a complete train wreck. And like my husband Donnie [Wahlberg] said, being in this business, I know what it’s like to have your prompter go out. I know what it’s like to have my inner ears go out. It’s scary, I know what it’s like when your brain malfunctions and you’re on live TV. So I was like, you know what, I have sympathy for her.”

She added, however, that once Carey started to blame Dick Clark Productions her sympathy came to an end. “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 that Dick Clark Productions did this on purpose and for ratings,” McCarthy said. “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 defended DCP, saying, “Dick Clark Productions has been doing this show for 45 years. So for Mariah to defame them was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing for their musical guests…The truth of the matter is, Mariah didn’t do a sound check, she said it there. She did whatever you would call like a dance move rehearsal, holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check. Now, when you’re doing a show live in Times Square, this is a location that’s tough. Out of all the places that you’re going to need to do a sound check, you do it there.”

As to what she think happened, McCarthy said, “Now I think, and if I try to give a guess of what happened, I think Mariah was nervous as hell. I think she chose really tough songs to try to sing along with. I think ‘Emotions,’ that song, I mean her voice is not there anymore. I don’t believe there was a problem with her inner ears. I just don’t. I think she used it as an excuse. The monitors on the stage are there, by the way, to blast out the songs to the musician in case this happens…How do I know the monitors were blasting? Look at the dancers behind her! They were on cue for every beat, right? Every beat! So, I was like, ‘You can hear it.’ She’s choosing not to see it. Now my other opinion, and this is just mine from being there, being on that stage, I don’t think she expected to be as far away from this prompter and as small as it was, she could have possibly not been able to see the words to her own song.”