The only late-night host on the air Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel had the distinction of delivering the first monologue of 2017. And while he spent most of his first show back after a holiday break on The Bachelor’s season premiere, he also set aside a couple of minutes to weigh in on whatever Mariah Carey was doing on New Year’s Eve.
“Mariah Carey ended 2016 on a rough note,” Kimmel said, before playing a few clips of “the wreckage that was” her disastrous performance on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest broadcast Saturday night.
“She lipped, she just forgot to sync,” Kimmel said, laughing at Carey’s lackluster outing. “If you think about it, that was the perfect ending to 2016.”
As Kimmel explained, Carey, through her representatives, has claimed that she was “sabotaged” by producers—a charge that ABC (which also runs Kimmel’s show) has vehemently denied.
“She said she believes someone at Dick Clark Productions did this on purpose to boost ratings,” he said. “For real, she thinks they deliberately messed with her earpiece so she would screw up, which is such a crazy theory some people think she might be positioning herself to run for president of the United States.”
And just like that, we were back to Donald Trump jokes.