Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, did not accept that explanation, telling ET, “They could have cut to a commercial, they could have edited the West Coast feed to make her look good.So when we say words like sabotage, I'm not saying you intentionally decided, 'Hey! We're gonna sabotage Mariah Carey tonight.'"
ET reached out to Dick Clark Productions, who has no comment to Mariah's audio clip Sunday morning.
“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” a statement from Dick Clark Productions issued on Jan. 1 read.
“To suggest that Dick Clark Productions, 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 Dick Clark Productions had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance,” Dick Clark Productions’ statement continued, defending the production against accusations of deliberate sabotage. “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.”