Mariah Carey's Flubbed NYE Performance Sparks Blame Game

Dick Clark Productions called allegations of "sabotage" by Carey's team as "defamatory" and "outrageous."
5:07 | 01/03/17

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battle if you will, that battle over Mariah Carey's new year's eve performance. The blame game heating up. The singer's team saying they set her up to fail. T.J. Holmes is here on the war of words. Good morning. You see me over 24r, robin, hey. Over here. You talk about war of words. How about this. Direct quote from Mariah Carey's manager, she should have walked off and thrown the Mike at somebody's head. End quote. They're fuming about this. We're getting details. Hearing two very different stories. Mariah Carey's new year's eve drama is heating up. Well, happy new year. I can't hear, but -- I'll just go through the motions. Reporter: The pop icon's team and the production company behind the megashow point the blame at each other for the now infamously disaster performance. We didn't have a check for this song, so we'll just say it went to number one. All right. Just for laughs, do the lift. ??? ??? oh, oh, hey, hey, hey ??? I want a holiday, too. Can I now have one? I'm trying to be a good sport here? ??? You got me feeling ??? ??? yeah ??? ??? yeah ??? ??? whatever ??? That was -- amazing. Reporter: Dick Clark productions calls Carey's team's claims of sabotage outrageous. Adding that an initial investigation has indicated that Dick Clark productions had no involvement with the challenges of the production. Her ear piece wasn't working but they put her on stage any way. Telling entertainment weekly, Mariah says, I hear nothing in my ears. My ears are dead. The other stage manager says, lit work right when we go live. We're missing some of this. But it is what sit. Reporter: A source close to the production tells ABC news, that the five-time grammy winner did not reverse, saying she showed up for sound check but she had a stand in and that Carey was given another toupt to rehearse but chose not to. Carey's team says, that's not true. That she did, in fact, rehearse at 3:00 P.M. Went through vocals and her team ran through sound. All was well at rehearsal. She was prompt for rehearsal and her performance. The stakes are incredibly high. This is live television. You want that get it right. It's so important to have a sound check and a proper performance to work out the kinks. Bring the faeathers on. Yes! It just don't get any better. Reporter: Okay. Now that we're hearing both sides. Hearing the stories. We can only conclude. I don't know. I mean -- what do you do sni heard you all talking about the idea that they did this for ratings. Her manager said they asked the team, cut the west coast feed. Cut this out. You have an option to not let the west coast see this. They kept it any way. The argument is they wanted ratings, controversy, me two days in a row talking about this on "Gma." If they would have cut it, they would have been called for sensoring. What do they spill that in with? It's live testimony. George, will you stop being common sense? We bring in Dan Abrams. If legal action were to be taken, what would it be? When the Dick Clark team starts referring to it as defamatory, that sounds like legal language. Defamation. Grounds for a lout. If they were to sue, it would be to demonstrate that what was said about them was both false and led to damages. But I don't think they're going to end up suing. In a case like this. I think this is Dick Clark productions way of saying, stop. Do not say this stuff anymore about us. Be quiet. Shut up. And if you don't, then maybe we're going think about maybe legal language. But, using the word defamatory is definitely a sort of covert threat. A shot across the bow, so to speak. On her side, she says her ear piece didn't work. We've all been in live settings. She says this does happen. She says maybe this is about the rain ratings. She could sue for negligence. They had a duet toy to make sure she had a working microphone. You didn't do it. I've had damages. With it hold up? I don't think it will happen either. I love being on for this segment. I don't think there will be legal action either way. Your last words. Always fun, Dan, thank you very much.

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