Ryan Seacrest headed to work on Sunday for the 90th Academy Awards.
the item was uncertain as to whether Seacrest could step down through his duties as a red carpet host for E!’s pre-show after his former personal stylist, Suzie Hardy, came forward alleging which he sexually harassed her on several occasions while they worked together through 2007 to 2013. Seacrest has vehemently denied all allegations.
A few days prior to the Oscars, Page Six reported which, according to their sources, producers could be prearranging the TV host’s interviews on the carpet with “friendly stars who won’t surprise him with uncomfortable comments.”
After the Oscars, Seacrest will be to be the first person to speak with awards show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Also last week, Kelly Ripa defended Seacrest’s character while the two were hosting Live With Kelly as well as Ryan. “I just want you to know, you are a privilege to work with as well as I adore you,” she said as the audience applauded. “Speaking on behalf of all of us here, I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, as well as I feel very, very lucky to work with you each as well as every day.”
Ripa as well as Seacrest also did a special Oscars pre-show on Friday’s episode of Live, which included recorded segments through celebrities recalling their favorite moments through the awards ceremony.
As ET previously reported, Hardy first accused Seacrest of sexual harassment last November, as well as he immediately denied the allegations, calling them “reckless.” He also addressed her claims in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter last month, where he said he was “wrongly accused of harassment.”
Hardy detailed the sexual harassment allegations she made against the 43-year-old TV personality in a story published on Variety‘s website last Monday. The news outlet reported a letter was obtained through Hardy’s attorney, which was allegedly written last November as well as addressed to cable channel E!, its corporate parent NBCUniveral as well as to Seacrest. According to Variety, Hardy alleged which the host subjected her to “years of unwanted sexual aggression.”
Seacrest denied the detailed allegations in a statement sent out the following day, as well as reiterated his support of the #MeToo as well as Time’s Up movements. He also stressed which in his case, he was “investigated by an independent third-party” which “found insufficient evidence to support the claims.” In a statement to ET, an E! spokesperson called the network’s investigation into the allegations against Seacrest “extremely comprehensive as well as thorough.”
The Oscars are taking place at the the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as well as will air live at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PST on ABC.