On New Year's Day, after Carey's disastrous New Year's Eve performance—and it was really, legendarily, magnificently, awful—a PR rep for Carey defended her client, telling Billboard "she was not 'winging' this moment, and took it very seriously."
Then the bombshell: "A shame that production set her up to fail."
She was suggesting, seemingly, that the production company was happy to watch Carey struggle in exchange for a massively viral moment (which, whether they wanted it or not, they definitely got).
Dick Clark Productions responded to the claims, arguing that the idea they "would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."
On Sunday, Mariah Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, took to Entertainment Weekly to further point judgey octopus fingers in every direction away from her star.
She blamed the stage manager, who apparently showed up to rehearsal 50 minutes after Carey arrived.
She blamed a "talent executive," who did not listen when Bulochnikov asked him for new "in-ears" when Carey's didn't work after an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
She blamed a second stage manager, who assured her that Carey's "mic pack" would work once they got on stage.
She blamed Mark Shimmel, of Dick Clark Productions, for not cutting the West Coast feed of the disastrous performance.
For this one, it's worth reading her marvelous reenactment of the conversation:
I said, “I want you to cut the West Coast feed.” He calls me back and says, “We can’t do it.” So I’m like, “You would prefer to air a show with technical glitches so you can have a viral moment rather than protect the integrity of your show and Dick Clark Productions?” He said, “We just won’t do it. Do you want to do a joint statement?” And I said, “No, I want you to go f— yourself.”
She also explained how Carey should have handled the situation on New Year's Eve.
"She should have walked off and thrown the mic at somebody’s head — that would have been a great moment."
So there it is—we all just want to go viral on our own terms.