On her SiriusXM radio show (via Fox News), Jenny McCarthy, 44, went on the offensive after Carey's disastrous New Year's Rockin' Eve performance. At first, she started out sympathetic to Carey, but got defensive of Dick Clark Productions, who Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, accused of "sabotage" after the performance. "Now I do understand our egos of course want to blame everyone but itself for mistakes, but I literally had a visceral reaction to her saying that Dick Clark Productions did this on purpose and for ratings," McCarthy, who's co-hosted New Year's Rockin' Eve for the last seven years, snapped. "Dick Clark Productions has been doing this show for 45 years. So for Mariah to defame them was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing for their musical guests."
"The truth of the matter is, Mariah didn't do a sound check, she said it there," McCarthy—who also questioned whether Carey could see the prompter containing the lyrics to her song—added. "She did whatever you would call like a dance move rehearsal, holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check." (For the record, some sources dispute McCarthy's account, and Carey was photographed rehearsing for the show.)
"Now, when you're doing a show live in Times Square, this is a location that's tough," McCarthy insisted. "Out of all the places that you're going to need to do a sound check, you do it there … I think Mariah was nervous as hell. I think she chose really tough songs to try to sing along with. I think 'Emotions,' that song, I mean her voice is not there anymore. I don't believe there was a problem with her inner ears. I just don't. I think she used it as an excuse."
Carey didn't respond to McCarthy's account of the events.