Now that weeks have passed since it even remotely mattered, Nick Cannon has stepped in with some thoughts on Mariah Carey's allegedly sabotaged New Year's Eve Rockin' Eve performance. Cannon, speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, jokingly suggested that "the government" was to blame while defending his ex's pop royalty status.

"You know me, I'm a conspiracy theorist," Cannon told DeGeneres at the 6:20 mark in the video above. "I think the government did that. They set her up. That was a distraction. They just put her out there." Conspiracy theory mockery aside, Cannon had nothing but support to offer Carey and noted that live performances are notoriously rife with potential screw-ups.

"I mean, anyone who knows about performing and having in-ears and stuff, things like that can go wrong on live television," Cannon explained. "I do live television all the time. I screw up on America's Got Talent all the time. When there's people in your ears, saying things and stuff, I think she kinda got a little flustered."

While Dick Clark Productions has maintained that their team had no involvement with any alleged technical issues, Carey told Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that the late Dick Clark would not have been pleased with how this situation has been handled. "I'm of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time," she said. Carey has also promised to share a more detailed rundown of her side of the story soon: