Mariah Blames “Splashes” of Champagne for Sloshy Speech

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Mariah is blaming it on the alcohol.

At Wednesday's People's Choice Awards, the diva, 40, was asked about her sloshy speech Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala.

"I don't even know what it was," she told reporters. "I heard clapping. You know, Lee [Michaels, Precious director] and I hadn't seen each other in a long time, and he started right in with all these inside jokes, and I was like, OK.

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"We were celebrating and having little splashes, and I hadn’t eaten, and that's what it was. We were celebrating the movie and all the exciting stuff going on. There's a time for celebration and a time for not – but really technically, it's a party atmosphere. We had splashes of champagne. I love Lee, but he’s a bad influence."

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