During the Thursday morning broadcast of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, the host finally spoke out on the Mariah Carey debacle that took place right before the ball dropped on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
“It is difficult to perform in Times Square. 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. So she had seen it; she knows what Times Square is about. It’s complicated,” Ryan said. “I don’t know what you realize on TV or you see, but imagine: Every single TV outlet in the world is there. There’s all kinds of technical things going on.
“It’s live television, and things happen on live TV — if something goes wrong, it’s unfortunate for anybody,” he added.
Ryan was onstage to introduce Mariah, but says he “didn’t have a visual” of what happened afterward–he had to immediately head several blocks away to another stage.
Ever since the New Year’s Eve broadcast, there has been an ongoing, finger-pointing, back and forth between Mariah’s people and dick clark productions. Ryan made sure to stress that dcp always makes decisions with the best interests of artists in mind.
“This is a team that wants to do everything they can to accommodate any artists. They, and we, are in the business of wanting people to look good! And believe me: Tricky things, tough things can happen, on live television,” he said. “You’ve seen artists before, in a concert, pull out their earpieces because something happened. So something could have happened in the ears; I wasn’t in those ears.
“It’s just unfortunate that it comes to all of this — because it’s a night of celebration and a night of fun.”
Ryan has been the host of New Year’s Rockin Eve since 2005.
Via People magazine