Friday 20 October 2017

Piers Morgan and GMB slammed for dropping news of Las Vegas shooting on Mariah Carey during live interview

Star was reclining on a sofa with a Christmas tree in the background

Mariah Carey learns of the Las Vegas shooting live on GMB
Mariah Carey learns of the Las Vegas shooting live on GMB

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Good Morning Britain has been blasted by TV viewers for dropping the news of the Las Vegas shooting on Mariah Carey during a live interview.

On Sunday night, more than 59 people were killed and over 500 injured after a gunman opened fire while concertgoers were enjoying Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest outdoor country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The We Belong Together singer had been due to appear on the British show via a video link from her Beverly Hills home to promote her upcoming Christmas tour on Monday morning U.K. time, when the shooting was still ongoing.

However, instead of doing the planned promotional chat, she was asked by co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid for her reaction to the shooting, and it was clear by the shocked expression on her face that she had no idea about the unfolding situation.

Calling the tragedy "horrible", she said, "I pray for the victims" before asking if the shooter had been caught, while incongruously reclining in a red gown on a sofa with a Christmas tree visibly in the background.

After the hosts filled her in more about the situation, the singer, who recently finished her residency in Las Vegas, 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."

Piers then interrupted the chat so they could go to an advert break and said they would be back with Mariah afterwards, but she never returned.

Viewers took to Twitter to blast the bizarre interview, with one writing, "So tasteless breaking the Vegas news to Mariah Carey live on TV, shame on you," and another added, "How could Mariah Carey or any of her team not know about Las Vegas b4 goin live on @GMB ?? Not fair on her or anyone to be told live on tv!"

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."

People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
People hug and cry outside the Thomas & Mack Center after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People tend to the wounded outside the festival ground after an apparent shooting on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A pair of cowboy boots is shown in the street outside the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas StripY
Police vehicles block a street corner after a deadly shooting at a music festival (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
People react at gunshots heard at music festival in Las Vegas, U.S., October 1, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. @RTBLECKvia REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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