Good Morning Britain slammed for Mariah Carey interview on Las Vegas shooting
Good Morning Britain has faced criticism following a live interview with singer Mariah Carey as news of the Las Vegas shooting unfolded.
The star, who has performed a residency in the city, was set to speak to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid via a live link from her home in Beverly Hills when news of the massacre was reported.
More than 50 people were killed and over five hundred injured after a gunman opened fire while concert goers were enjoying Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest outdoor country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Appearing on the early morning programme to promote her new Christmas tour, Mariah was asked for her reaction to the shooting.
She said: "I pray for the victims" before asking if the shooter had been caught.
After the hosts told her the latest on what was happening the singer replied: "Wow, that's awful.
"Again, I pray for the victims and hope all these can stop as soon as possible. You know I have spent a lot of time in Vegas and this type of thing happening anywhere is a huge tragedy. I continue to pray for the victims. I hope we have an end to this as soon as possible."
Despite telling viewers they would come back to their chat with Mariah after a commercial break, the singer never returned.
Viewers took to Twitter to blast the interview, with one writing: "“Shame on Good Morning Britain, using a pre-planned Mariah Carey interview to blindside her about Vegas shooting. Classless tactics and now she's getting stick.”
Give Mariah Carey a break. She was on GMB to discuss a Christmas tour not the Las Vegas shooting. It's not her fault she was blind-sided.— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) October 2, 2017
Minutes later, Mariah posted her condolences on Twitter, writing: "Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety."
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
Responding to the criticism on Twitter, Piers Moragn said:
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
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