Meanwhile, Carey's rep, Stella Bulochnikov, told ET that “a production issue” and “technical difficulties” were to blame for the problems and accused Dick Clark Productions of making a “sabotaging” move by not cutting to ads or removing the performance from their West Coast feed.
However, Jenny McCarthy, who was co-hosting the annual televised countdown show with Ryan Seacrest, has slammed Carey’s team for pointing the finger at Dick Clark Productions.
The 44-year-old Donnie Loves Jenny star told listeners on her SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday that she “felt really bad” for Carey, but was bothered by the suggestion that the performance may have been purposely sabotaged.
"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. "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."