As Ryan Seacrest continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by his former stylist, E! is sticking with the embattled Live With Kelly & Ryan co-host as one of its red carpet correspondents for this Sunday’s pre-Oscars telecast. Page Six reports that in order to avoid any embarrassing “Debra Messing moments,” all of Seacrest’s interviews with be prearranged with “friendly stars who won’t surprise him with uncomfortable comments.” One of these stars is Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, who told Variety that he’ll be happy to be interviewed by Seacrest, adding, “Listen, you know, we should at the very least afford people the opportunity for truth, what the facts of the story are before hanging them out to dry.” As Page Six notes, Seacrest’s morning cohort, Kelly Ripa, seemed to take a dig at the allegations on the air Wednesday when she joked about Seacrest needing help with his shoes. Here, Ripa was believed to have been referring to an allegation made by Seacrest’s former stylist that he once pushed her head toward his crotch when she was tying his shoes for him.
During a radio interview on Wednesday, Jennifer Lawrence was asked about the sexual misconduct allegations concerning radio and television personality Ryan Seacrest. She responded simply, “I can’t imagine him being sexual.” When asked whether she’d talk to Seacrest on the Oscars’ red carpet on Sunday, she replied, “Um, I don’t know. I mean, there is a lot to think about with E!, you know? I have always had a problem with the Fashion Police. I don’t have a problem with talking about what women are wearing. There was a time…they were just mean about people’s bodies, things you shouldn’t say.”
Ryan Seacrest‘s girlfriend is extending her support amid sexual assault claims that were brought against him by his former E! News stylist.
Shayna Taylor, who moved in with the Live with Kelly and Ryan host last year, dedicated a loving Instagram post on Wednesday to Seacrest, in which she praised him as “respectful” and “well mannered.”
“I love you so much Ryan. You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being,” she wrote in the caption, which accompanied a photo of Taylor giving Seacrest a kiss on the cheek.
“I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment,” Taylor, 26, continued. “You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it.”
She added the hashtags, “#iloveyou #foreversupportyou #teamryan #teamseacrest.”
I love you so much Ryan. You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being. I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment. You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it. ♥️ #iloveyou #foreversupportyou #teamryan #teamseacrest