Following Mariah’s Disastrous New Year’s Eve show, her team quickly reacted to all the disappointed fans and media backlash. Namely, the singer’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, claimed that Mariah was sabotaged in order to increase TV ratings for the ABC broadcast. Although Stella can’t back this up with actual facts, she believes it to be true.
“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mic pack was not working and it was a disastrous production. I’m certainly not calling the FBI to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there and they did not have their sh*t together,” Stella told Us Weekly.
Bulochnikov also noted that she was furious with both the production company behind the NYE show, Dick Clark Productions, and TV executive Michael Schimmel. She says that they acknowledged that Mariah’s inner ears weren’t working, and that they could’ve cut to the commercials or the West Coast feed, but that they didn’t. Instead, they left the cameras on her, possibly in an attempt to get better ratings.
Dick Clark Productions responded to these allegations by saying “To suggest that Dick Clark Productions, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”