Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, has called for Ryan Seacrest to be dropped from TV coverage of the Oscars' red carpet, in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against him from his former stylist.
This week, Ryan Seacrest faced new scrutiny when Variety published an exclusive report detailing sexual assault claims made against him by his former stylist at E!.
The reported 30-second delay of the live broadcast would allow E! to filter any potential awkward moments.
NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, said it opted to keep him as host of its red-carpet coverage after an investigation by an independent counsel, which it did not name.
"As always", the spokesperson explained in the statement "we tape multiple sources of content simultaneously to deliver the best possible show, and there are often brief delays between interviews".
"I just want to let you know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you". I am not a judge.
Seacrest is slated, as usual, to spearhead the E!
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. "I don't know. that is where this stuff gets tricky".
Kelly has defended her co-host - who has repeatedly denied the allegations - in front of the cameras. Ryan Seacrest, Gary Snegaroff, Eddie Delbridge, Shaun Smith and Gerry Johnston are executive producers.
"I'll be shocked to see who stops to talk to Ryan", one publicist who represents A-list celebrities told Page Six.
"This person who has accused me of frightful things tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions - I refused", Seacrest said in a statement this week. NEWS app will include an immersive "E!"
She also detailed his behavior claiming he placed his erect penis against her while wearing only his underwear, groped her and slapped her rear.
As these timely questions loom, there may be more suspense during the red carpet coverage than in the Oscars show. E! disputes the claims, insisting that Gram-Moreno "was asked not to return due to job performance issues".