“You know me, I’m a conspiracy theorist. I think the government did that!” Cannon joked. “They set her up! That was a distraction!”
Carey was seen fumbling her way through three awkward performances at the nationally televised party — closing the Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest show, and 2016, by singing a sour note.
After that, the Grammy winning hitmaker said that she was “foiled” and took her blame out on technical problems from behind the scenes. Carey also blamed her faulty ear piece — which she says made it impossible for her to hear the track.
“Anyone who knows about performing and having inner-ears, things like that can go wrong on live television,” Cannon told DeGeneres. “I screw up on America’s Got Talent all the time. So when there’s people in your ear saying things and stuff, I think she got a little flustered.”
Cannon unapologetically praised his ex-wife for how she’d handled that situation.
“Being the diva that she is, she said, ‘I’m just going to walk around and pose for 7 minutes,’ ” he recounted. “And like Ryan Seacrest said, she can do no wrong. So she worked through it.” He’d also added that the crowd in Times Square didn’t seem to mind. “They’re like ‘She’s amazing and her lips aren’t even moving!’ ” he joked.
Though the end of 2016 was tough for Carey and Cannon, who’d spent the holidays in the hospital due to his own complications with Lupus, he was luckily released on December 29th and opened up on the show about the current status of his health.
“Lupus is something I was diagnosed with in 2012. And it always stems from that — but this time I had medication issues,” he said. “It was definitely life threatening, but once I got to the hospital, the great doctors at Cedars-Sinai got it all in order.”
“I just had too much medicine going on,” he continued. “I don’t want to get too much into it, but what happened was 70 percent of the blood ended up going into one of my arms because I was on these blood thinners. So I had to get like, five blood transfusions. [My right arm] was like Popeye! So I kind of knew something was wrong but once we got to the hospital, we got it all in order and got my levels back together.”