Ryan Seacrest Speaks Up About Mariah Carey’s ‘Unfortunate’ NYE Performance

Ford Springer | Contributor

Ryan Seacrest, host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” has finally spoken out about Mariah Carey’s disastrous performance that aired live from the New York show.

Mariah Carey performs during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square (Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

“It is difficult to perform in Times Square,” the show host said on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” Thursday. (RELATED: Mariah Carey’s Disastrous New Year’s Eve Performance)

“I mean, she had done it before because she was the first musical guest that we had had live when I started doing the show a decade ago,” he continued. “So she had seen it; she knows what Times Square is about. It’s complicated.”

“I don’t know what you realize on TV or you see, but imagine: Every single TV outlet in the world is there,” Seacrest added. “There’s all kinds of technical things going on.”

Mariah Carey performs onstage during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Seacrest introduced Carey before she took the stage, but he didn’t catch the singer’s botched performance because he was on his way to the next stage, E! news reports. (RELATED: Mariah Carey’s Manager Says Her NYE Performance Should Have Been Edited)

The 46-year-old singer had a pretty candid response to the way her New Year’s performance went. “Shit happens,” she said in a tweet. “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

Carey later told Entertainment Weekly she’s “of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as [she] was in real time.”

“It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future,” she added. “But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside my own team.”

Seacrest had a similar response as Carey did in her tweet. “It’s live television, and things happen on live TV,” he said. “If something goes wrong, it’s unfortunate for anybody.”

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