Ryan Seacrest, nary a Time’s Up pin to be discovered on his navy tuxedo, opened his 2018 Oscars pink carpet protection with a telling line: “It guarantees to be a really particular night.”
For him, it certain was.
Regardless of the sexual misconduct allegations leveled towards him earlier this week by former private stylist Suzie Hardy, all the things was enterprise as standard for Seacrest on Sunday. Whereas his feminine co-host Giuliana Rancic arrange on the close by Hollywood Roosevelt Resort, Seacrest parked on the pink carpet ― no stage or particular sales space to prop him up, although. It was simply him, a mic and sufficient superstar visitors to maintain him for a number of hours.
Actually, regardless of the Me Too temper of different awards reveals this season, quite a lot of celebrities made their manner over to Seacrest for a fast chat on Sunday. There was one thing eerie about watching girls like Diane Warren, Allison Janney, Taraji P. Henson and Tiffany Haddish discuss to Seacrest as if the latest stories simply didn’t exist. Nobody talked concerning the Me Too or Time’s Up actions; nobody questioned the ever present TV character.
Casey Affleck confronted backlash for the sexual harassment allegations towards him. As did Aziz Ansari and James Franco and Jeremy Piven. (The checklist goes on and on.) So why, or extra so how, did Seacrest earn a cross?
On Monday, Hardy instructed Selection that Seacrest sexually harassed and assaulted her over the course of seven years. In line with Hardy, Seacrest subjected her to many undesirable sexual advances, which allegedly included groping her vagina, grinding his erect penis on her and slapping her buttocks. She mentioned she reported his conduct to E! Information’ human assets executives in 2013 and was terminated shortly after.
“As proud as I’m and as sturdy as a girl as I’m, as good as I’m and as a lot work as I’ve completed with therapists, it actually affected me,” Hardy instructed Selection.
Seacrest vehemently denied the claims, which first surfaced final fall. In a press release on Tuesday, the “Reside with Kelly & Ryan” and “American Idol” host mentioned, “Yesterday, Selection printed a salacious story that exposed the particular claims towards me for the primary time ― although an impartial third-party investigator discovered inadequate proof to assist the claims. A lot to my dismay, Selection didn’t converse with me or hassle to talk with different credible witnesses and even ask for any of the proof that was obtained through the investigation when supplied, all of which clearly challenged the veracity of the claims made towards me.”
Seacrest added that Hardy repeatedly supplied to step again her claims if he paid her “tens of millions of ,” which he refused to do.
“I’ve labored extraordinarily arduous to realize my success and I don’t take my alternatives without any consideration,” he concluded. “I don’t wish to accuse anybody of not telling the reality however on this case, I’ve no alternative however to once more deny the claims towards me, remind those that I used to be recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to relaxation.”
When requested if she felt Seacrest ought to nonetheless attend the Oscars, Me Too motion founder Tarana Burke instructed Selection, “We shouldn’t need to make these decisions of, ‘Can we or don’t we?’ This isn’t about his guilt or innocence. It’s about there being an accusation that’s alive, and till they type [it] out, it’s actually on E! Information and shouldn’t be on us. … It’ll tell us the place they stand when it comes to how respectful E! Information is of this situation ― and of girls.”
However each E! and ABC backed their prized possession, holding Seacrest on the air although murmurs have been swirling from New York to Los Angeles. Ought to he nonetheless host the pink carpet? Will celebrities cease to speak to him? Will he handle the allegations on stay TV?
He did present up; a number of main celebrities did cease for him; and he didn’t handle the scandal on “Reside,” nor did he use his time on the E! pink carpet to say a phrase about it. He swears he’s harmless, and it appears some individuals in Hollywood consider him. There have been many ― each ladies and men ― who let him ask about their robes, jewels and tuxedos, and smiled when he complimented their respective Oscar-nominated tasks.
Curiously sufficient, although, as soon as the larger stars began arriving to the occasion, Rancic and her E! pink carpet cohorts, like Kristin Dos Santos, Brad Goreski and Josh Horowitz, began having fun with a bit extra stay display time. Producers seamlessly jumped between Rancic and Seacrest ― maybe to keep away from airing any awkward moments as E! struggled to get larger names and supporters of Time’s Up. The community reportedly instated a stay 30-second delay to, probably, rescue Seacrest from any undesirable, public controversy.
Awkwardness made its manner into the printed anyway. Some feedback from pre-show passersby have been optimistic, whereas others have been complicated, and all of it made for less-than-stellar pink carpet content material from the usually newsworthy E!.
“Child Driver” star Eiza Gonzalez delivered some intriguing parting phrases when she ended her interview with Seacrest by telling him, “Be good.” (Certain, it may’ve been a alternative goodbye phrase, however both manner, it was heard.) Taraji P. Henson additionally threw in her two cents when speaking concerning the superb success of her good friend Mary J. Blige, telling Seacrest, “The universe has a manner of taking good care of the great individuals, you recognize what I imply?” She gave him a smile and a few side-eye. Was it a present of assist or a slight? It’s anybody’s guess.
Others continued to reward Seacrest, together with double-nominee Blige, who instructed him she “loves” him and acknowledged his chemistry with Kelly Ripa on “Reside With Kelly & Ryan.” (Ripa additionally popped by to inform her pal how “nice” he was doing.) Seacrest additionally thanked Whoopi Goldberg for stopping as she smiled and mentioned, “You know!”
ABC, who aired the stay award present and their very own pink carpet pre-show, spoke with many A-listers and Time’s Up supporters ― those that Seacrest and co. couldn’t wrangle.
Saoirse Ronan, Viola Davis, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Greta Gerwig, Gary Oldman, Mahershala Ali and Sandra Bullock, to call a number of, chatted with the numerous hosts, who requested not solely about their movies however Time’s Up and the present state of Hollywood.
After failing to get any extra stars to cease and discuss, Seacrest headed to the Roosevelt and joined Rancic for some unhappy style dialogue, which included a remark concerning the lack of inexperienced clothes and the prevalence of the shade of “nude.”
But although the Jennifer Lawrence and Laura Dern sorts didn’t cease for an interview with Seacrest, he nonetheless managed to do fairly nicely, all issues contemplating. His first hour and alter of protection was stable sufficient, exhibiting that each Hollywood and the world are torn on whether or not or to not consider him or his alleged sufferer.
One motive Seacrest, a fixture in stay TV and a longtime producer value over $380 million, may need earned his spot on the carpet is as a result of he is part of the machine that runs Hollywood. He’s a boss himself, an influence participant within the ranks, a much bigger success than most on the Oscars and a good friend of many a celeb. Seacrest will get a cross as a result of he’s used to handing out the tickets.
Me Too momentum appeared to constructing in awards season. Keep in mind the Golden Globes? Black robes and fits coated the carpet, and Time’s Up pins have been prominently displayed as stars spoke at size concerning the highly effective motion whereas standing beside impassioned activists. The tenor of dialogue on the Oscars pink carpet, or lack thereof, is telling. Was the motion one other passing section for Hollywood? Why did hosts and celebrities alike neglect to assume discussions about sexism, pay disparity and harassment within the business have been applicable for the evening?
Not like the pre-show, the stay Oscars present addressed the affect and significance of Time’s Up with a robust section highlighting the trailblazers, which Harvey Weinstein accusers Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek launched. These sound bites are what we would have liked to listen to from begin to end.
If solely Laura Dern had made her manner down the carpet to Seacrest and confronted him with a tricky query. Possibly this could have been a special story. Sadly, male energy prevails.