The "Good Morning Britain" host presses singer for a reaction to Las Vegas country concert tragedy during promotional interview for her Christmas shows.
Like most of us, Mariah Carey really didn't know what to say after she heard about the Las Vegas concert shooting that left at least 50 dead and over 406 injured. But unlike the rest of us, she heard the news while making an appearance on live television.
If that sounds like it could be awkward for Carey, and even the viewers, you'd be correct.
But "Good Morning Britain" host Piers Morgan didn't seem to mind pressing the singer for an immediate reaction. They cut to her shocked face while sprawled out in an elegant pose in front of a Christmas tree, obviously ready to promote her upcoming holiday concerts in the United Kingdom, not talk about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
"I mean, it’s just what everybody’s gut reaction would be, which is this his horrible and I pray for the victims. Have they caught the shooter yet?" she asked, and Morgan proceeded to give her more information about the tragedy that unfolded Sunday night country singer Jason Aldean's headlining performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
"Wow, that’s awful. Again, I pray for the victims and I hope all this can stop as soon as possible," Carey said. "This type of thing happening anywhere is a huge tragedy, so I continue to pray for the victims and hope we have an end to this as soon as possible."
"I really don't know what to say," she added before Morgan wrapped up the interview.
Some fans watching the interview immediately jumped to Carey's defense on Twitter, expressing anger and disappointment that Morgan would seemingly blindside the singer with questions about Vegas shooting when she was scheduled to promote her shows. However, Morgan fired back claiming that Carey's team knew ahead of the live interview that he would be asking her about the tragedy.
When reached by TooFab for clarification over whether Carey was aware that Morgan was going to ask about the shooting, a spokesperson for Carey told TooFab: "Piers Morgan’s unexpected line of questioning with Mariah is irrelevant within this tragedy; we hope your news organization continues to give appropriate coverage and support to those affected by this horrific crime."
Here is Carey's tweet promoting her "Good Morning Britain" appearance, then subsequent message to the Vegas shooting victims and their loved ones:
Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety 🙏💔— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 2, 2017
See clip from the interview and reactions from viewers criticizing Morgan for asking Carey about the incident:
@GMB Mixing a pre-arranged interview w Mariah Carey (& Xmas tree?!) with awful news from Las Vegas. Surreal, unfair to her, poor journalism— Sarah Mann (@sarahmann365) October 2, 2017
We now go to Mariah Carey for some unknown reason for the latest updates #GMB— me (@__Niceguy__) October 2, 2017
Finding #gmb in bad taste this morning, breaking Vegas news to Mariah Carey looking for some sort of scoop or reaction.— katie (@katielowndes) October 2, 2017
Morgan took to Twitter to defend the interview:
Mariah was booked to do an interview about her UK Christmas tour. Obviously news events in Vegas have now taken precedence. https://t.co/3SxHKPXYen— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2017
We told Mariah's people before the interview.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2017
Her reaction seemed very relevant given she's a performer who often has residence in Vegas. https://t.co/6sVMSUMvHK