Ryan Seacrest on Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Lip-Sync Mishap: "It Happens"
On his Thursday radio show, the 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' host shared his thoughts about the incident.
Ryan Seacrest wants to clear the air a bit on the debacle surrounding Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance.
After Carey's representatives, Dick Clark Productions and Carey herself spoke out about her lip-syncing mishap on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, Seacrest gave his two cents on the situation on his On Air With Ryan Seacrest radio show Thursday (Jan. 5).
“I’m just catching up on all this, but there’s been a lot reported about the performance in Times Square for Mariah. And, you know, just to talk about it for a second, it is difficult to perform in Times Square,” said Seacrest. “She had done it before because she was the first musical guest that we had had live when I started doing the show years, about a decade ago. So she had seen it. She knows what Times Square’s about. It’s complicated. Imagine every single outlet — TV outlet — in the world is there, so there’s all kinds of technical things going on.”
Seacrest continued, "For Mariah, I was up there at the stage to introduce her on the same stage she performs on. And it’s live television, and things happen on live TV, and, you know, if something goes wrong, it’s unfortunate for anybody.”
The New Year's Rockin' Eve host explained that he actually didn't witness the fiasco himself, adding that after he introduced Carey, "I immediately physically moved from that stage back down several blocks to the other stage, so I didn’t have a visual.” He also took a moment to defend his production team, carefully referencing the claims that they had "sabotaged" Carey, as well as the singer's own comments that Dick Clark himself would have been "mortified."
“I know this team of producers — I’ve known these guys for years. I knew Dick Clark very, very well. This is a team that wants to do everything they can to accommodate any artist," he said. "We are in the business of wanting people to look good and, believe me, tricky things, tough things can happen. It happens on live television. You’ve seen artists before in a concert pull out their earpiece because something happens. Something could have happened in the ears. I wasn’t in those ears. It’s just unfortunate that it comes to all of this. It’s a night of celebration and a night of fun."
This story first appeared on billboard.com.