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Dick Clark Productions: Mariah Carey New Year’s Sabotage Claims Are ‘Frankly Absurd’

”Initial investigation has indicated that [Dick Clark Productions] had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance,“ spokeswoman says

Dick Clark Productions doesn’t appreciate a TMZ report that Mariah Carey’s train wreck New Year’s Eve performance was intentionally sabotaged for ratings, calling accusations “defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. 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,” a Dick Clark spokeswomen said in a statement.

The statement continued: “In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.”

The statement comes after TMZ reported that Carey believes her performance “was sabotaged so TV execs could score bigger ratings than usual.”

The singer suffered a fairly disastrous audio equipment malfunction while on stage and live on ABC. As a result, she pretty much quit on even trying to salvage her headlining performance. Unfortunately for the “Mariah’s World” star and fortunately for Twitter, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” did not cut away to commercial, making for an extremely awkward few minutes before midnight.

One of the singer’s reps told TheWrap that Carey’s ear piece wasn’t working right from the get-go. When the pop diva was ready to walk to the stage, Mariah’s team informed Production of the problem — an issue that was essentially brushed off.

“Production said it’s because they didn’t work well in the tent and to go up to stage,” the rep told us. “Once on stage, [Mariah] told the stage manager that the ears were not working but production decided to just go live instead of cut to commercial to fix the problem.”

Ryan Seacrest Productions and ABC have not yet returned our requests for a statement on the matter.