mariah carey

*On Tuesday, Mariah Carey was supposed to tape a performance for NBC’s Rockefeller Center tree lighting special that airs live tonight at 8 p.m. – but she missed her call time. So now NBC has no choice but to slot her in live during tonight’s broadcast, according to TMZ.

The website reports:

Carey was supposed to tape a segment for the live show that airs Wednesday night. But as fans waited for hours in the rainy, cold night , there was no Mariah in sight.

People connected to the hotel tell us … Mariah was ensconced in her East Side hotel, yacking with her lawyer on the phone about her divorce. People who overheard her say it did not seem nasty … she was going over the property settlement.

When she pulled up to Rockefeller Center more than three hours late, she was still on the phone and people overheard her continuing to talk divorce.

NBC execs were full on enraged — ditto the crew — and Mariah’s people were told to just go home. We’re told she really wanted to perform, but the network had clearly had enough.

We’re told Mariah was upset because she didn’t want to disappoint her fans or the network.