How Will Celebrities React to Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars Red Carpet?

05 March, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Seacrest is beloved by the E! Network where he is also executive producer of its biggest hit Keeping Up With the Kardashians. E

Celebrity publicists were divided on their approach, with some indicating that their clients would not speak with Seacrest, either avoiding him entirely or steering them to his co-host Giuliana Rancic, while others said they would not hesitate to allow their clients to be interviewed by the host.

Deadline spoke to an industry source earlier this afternoon while the decision was still being made, and the quote - about Seacrest's alleged sexual misconduct history and the network's plans to have him on the red carpet even so - is a juicy one. The TV host has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by his former stylist Suzie Hardy-claims which he has repeatedly denied-and E!'s investigation into his actions found him innocent of misconduct. "News" personal stylist from 2006 to 2013, during which time she said Seacrest subjected her to consistent unwanted sexual aggression.

Seacrest has denied the accusations and has said that Hardy tried to extort money from him in exchange for not going public with her accusations, according to Fox News.

Seacrest's "Live" co-host Kelly Ripa didn't mention the allegations specifically on Thursday, but she gushed about her excitement over his Oscar duties as she issued a strong endorsement of his character.

Seacrest is slated, as usual, to spearhead the E!

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In the week leading up to the Oscars, Seacrest's accuser chose to come forward and publicize the details on her allegations, which included the host groping her vagina, grinding his erect penis against while only in his underwear and slapping her butt hard enough to leave her with bruises. I am not a judge.

"I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you, and I'm speaking on behalf of all of us here", she said. "I am not a jury ... that is where this stuff gets tricky".

Neither Kellly or Ryan's reps have spoken out, but one source noted that their friendship has made this whole thing very hard.

"As proud as I am and as strong as a woman as I am, as smart as I am and as much work as I've done with therapists, it really affected me", Hardy told the outlet. "I don't think any smart person would".

E! has a myriad of Oscars coverage planned for Sunday, March 4.


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