We’re about to enter the homestretch for 2017 and we’re still fascinated by “The Humiliation Of Mimi” aka Mariah Carey’s clustereff of an NYE performance in Times Square. Mimi and her sparkletoe haughtily sashayed across the stage, shading everyone but herself when seeming technical difficulties made her rendition of “Emotions” look like an aborted karaoke attempt. Afterwards, Mimi and Dick Clark Productions (who have produced the NYE TImes Square show for ABC for umpteen years) hissed at each other in the press as to whose fault it was. But, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live!, omnipresent hosting entity Ryan Seacrest insinuated that the fault ultimately lay with Ms. Carey, according to People.
Without actually saying it was the bitchy butterfly’s fault seeing as she refused to do a soundcheck, Seacrest noted that the Dick Clark crew is the best of all the NYE crews anywhere of all time.
“That crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business,” Seacrest said. “They put on the biggest live music events and they know what they’re doing. I know how good they are at their jobs. My reaction was, ‘She was working with the best.’ I find it hard to believe they made big mistakes that bad.”
Seacrest revealed that he was already several blocks away in his NYE hosting gauntlet after he welcomed Mimi to the stage, and had no idea what was going on. Neither did the rest of us and we were (delightedly) watching the whole thing!
“When it was happening, it was hard for me to see and hear because we’re in Times Square and there was a lot going on,” he told WWHL. “I had to be told that something was going on and then try to find a monitor to react to. So I wasn’t quite sure what was happening, actually.”
Seacrest seems like one of those uptight perfectionist types who probably knew exactly what was going on and was immediately sweating a future lawsuit sent to him on scented Lisa Frank stationary. He should have just clapped and cheered like the rest of us hooting and hollering queens at home when Mariah angrily noted that she was “trying to be a good sport here” during the shitshow. And especially after the song when, dripping with sarcasm, she pronounced the experience “amazing.” It was the stuff of future comedic drag performances!
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