Nick Cannon Comes to Mariah Carey's Defense After Her New Years Eve Performance

Nick Cannon/Mariah Carey New Years Eve Flub
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Nick Cannon has Mariah Carey's back. 

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The 36-year-old went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to defend his ex-wife's disastrous performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The singer had some technical difficulties where she was unable to hear from her in-ear monitor and couldn't sing some of her hits such as "Emotions" and "We Belong Together." 

"Anyone who knows about performing [knows that] things like that can go wrong on live television," he said. "I do live television all the time — I screw up on America's Got Talent all the time, so when there are people in your ear saying things and stuff, I think she got a little flustered. But being the diva she is, she said, 'I'm just going to walk around and pose for seven minutes.' And like Ryan Seacrest says, she can do no wrong. So she worked through it."

Carey came out and blamed the production team saying "they foiled" her but Cannon came up with an even better excuse. He said that he has a conspiracy theory the government was behind the whole thing. 

"They set her up— that was a distraction," he said. 

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Check out what else he had to say in the video below: