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!.
"It's business as usual", offered an E! spokesperson on Sunday morning "As always, we tape multiple sources of content simultaneously to deliver the best possible show, and there are often brief delays between interviews". "News" personal stylist from 2006 to 2013, during which time she said Seacrest subjected her to consistent unwanted sexual aggression. In an interview with Variety, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke addressed Seacrest's Oscars appearance, saying that E! shouldn't be sending the host to the Oscars and forcing actresses - many of whom have been victims of sexual misconduct themselves - to decide whether or not they will speak with Seacrest.
Despite the controversy surrounding Seacrest, he continued to host his show Live With Kelly and Ryan with co-host Kelly Ripa, and E! chose to keep him on as host of the Oscars red carpet.
Speaking about Ryan's upcoming appearance at the Oscars red carpet, where he'll be working for E!, Kelly told him: "I can not wait to see you there". E!, however, denies that anything unusual is being done to protect Seacrest.
"I feel like we should be celebrating the fact that people are finally paying attention to what we've been talking about for decades", Burke said. "We shouldn't have to make those choices of, 'Do we or don't we?." she told Variety. "I don't know about the Ryan Seacrest thing".
"As proud as I am and as strong as a woman as I am, as smart as I am and as much work as I've done with therapists, it really affected me", Hardy told the outlet. "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts", Debra Messing said.
When Hardy finally reported Seacrest to the company's human resources department, she said she was terminated.
"I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you, and I'm speaking on behalf of all of us here", she said.
She continued: "I think it is scary". 'I am not a judge. "This is where stuff gets tricky".