Among other embarrassments, the shortened performance exposed Carey's lip-syncing on her hits and her inability to hit some high notes when she tried to sing because, she said, her earpieces weren't functioning.
So, reports USAToday, she was asked, now that you've had a few days to think about it, "What are your feelings" about the mess seen live on TV by millions, and the over-the-top reaction on social media and regular media ever since?
Mariah Carey discusses that NYE performance—and the future of her unscripted E! series #MariahsWorld: https://t.co/kh5fIMPSVo— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 4, 2017
"All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business," she said. "I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time."
This was a shift from Carey's early shrug-it-off attitude, expressed in a tweet she posted early Sunday morning, blithely dismissing the debacle as "(stuff) happens."
This was followed on Monday and Tuesday by anonymous and then on-the-record sniping by Team Carey and Team DCP. Carey manager Stella Bulochnikov insisted the producers purposely allowed Carey to go on stage with defective equipment to pump up the ratings with "a viral moment at any expense."
The producers issued a statement saying any suggestion they would "intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."