Tommy Mottola Pens Open Letter To Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey came as close to breaking the internet as anyone (unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons) when she stumbled through a botched performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Since then, everyone from Kenny G to Jenny McCarthy has given their two cents on the debacle, but I still wasn’t expecting Mimi’s ex-husband, Tommy Mottola, to butt in. “MC is arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades,” the former head of Sony wrote in an open letter to Page Six.
“She has had more number one hits than any pop artist in history!!! She is a global icon and a treasure with incredible talent not only as a singer but as a great songwriter,” the 67-year-old continued. “What happened on NYE could’ve happened to anyone! Yes, her technical people should’ve helped pay more attention to all of it so that there was no chance of that happening.” Tommy then got to the point. “My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career!”
“I would never have encouraged her or guided her to do something like a reality television show!!!!! I don’t get it!!… that does absolutely nothing for her integrity, her credibility, or her massive talent!! She should take a step back, think carefully and figure out what to do next.” It actually sounds like pretty good advice. However, he probably could have kept this humble-brag to himself: “Certainly none of these issues or problems ever existed with her in her early days at Sony for the first 10 years when she skyrocketed to global superstardom!! Where absolutely meticulous and methodical attention was paid to every single detail and nuance that went on into her career!”
As for Mariah’s reply? Her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, quipped: “Really? Tommy is a relic. Did he give you that statement from a rotary phone?” Funny, but it’s that kind of flippant attitude and unprofessionalism that got the diva into this mess to begin with.