As celebrities started arriving on the Dolby Theater for the 90th Annual Academy Awards, many had been questioning whether or not or not the sexual harassment accusations in opposition to E!’s Ryan Seacrest would impression his night as crimson carpet host for the community. However as soon as the large pre-show started, enormous star after enormous star selected to disregard the costs leveled in opposition to Seacrest, and lined as much as converse to the embattled Hollywood heavyweight.
Nominees Allison Janney and Christopher Plummer stopped by Seacrest’s spot on the carpet early-on within the night time and chatted with the host about being nominated.
Afterward, Richard Jenkins, who was sporting a Time’s Up pin, spoke to Seacrest. The pin is supposed to point out help for the motion that goals to place a cease to the mistreatment of girls. “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson even tickled Seacrest’s chin and informed him she’d see him in New York.
Seacrest, 43, a long-time host for E!, which is owned by NBCUniversal, has in current months been going through accusations of sexual misconduct from his former stylist — all of which he’s denied. Suzie Hardy informed Selection she was fired in 2013 after she made graphic complaints of harassment in opposition to Seacrest to E’s human assets division. Hardy accused the E! and ABC star of grinding his erect penis in opposition to her whereas he was solely sporting underwear, groping her vagina and slapping her so onerous on her backside that she suffered for hours from a big, seen welt.
Regardless of the allegations, E! has stood by Seacrest, stating on Feb. 1 that an investigation discovered there was “inadequate proof to help the claims” made in opposition to him.
Critics have slammed the community for letting the “Dwell with Kelly and Ryan” co-host proceed his internet hosting duties Sunday in Hollywood because the #MeToo motion picks up steam.
On Sunday, Kelly Ripa stopped by Seacrest’s put up on the carpet to publicly want him nicely.
“You’re doing an awesome job,” she reassured him.
In the meantime, on ABC, the main target of the crimson carpet was the Time’s Up motion.
Michael Strahan, who was internet hosting the crimson carpet pre-show for ABC, talked to Salma Hayek about deciding to talk out in opposition to disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. Strahan additionally interviewed Vainness Honest’s Krista Smith and requested her to clarify Time’s Up and element the motion’s targets.
The founding father of the feminine empowerment and anti-sexual harassment marketing campaign, Tarana Burke, informed Selection she thought E! “actually shouldn’t ship” Seacrest to Sunday night time’s huge occasion, including that “It can tell us the place [the network] stands when it comes to how respectful E! Information is of this concern — and of girls.”
And regardless of E! execs saying they “fully belief our investigation” the community could also be sheltering its largest information host from any controversy on the carpet.
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Deadline reported that the community was contemplating working the present on a major delay in order that it might keep away from broadcasting any moments that hold a lantern on the allegations in opposition to Seacrest and distract from the bigger crimson carpet protection.
E! denied that something uncommon is being executed to guard Seacrest, nonetheless it did not deny there can be delay on the stay present.
“It’s enterprise as ordinary,” an E! spokesperson informed Fox Information in a press release. “As all the time, we tape a number of sources of content material concurrently to ship the absolute best present, and there are sometimes temporary delays between interviews.”