Ryan Seacrest is clinging to his red carpet power, come hell or high water

The 87th Annual Oscars - Red Carpet Arrivals

Less than a week ago, a woman went public with her claim that Ryan Seacrest subjected her to harassment, abuse and assault over the course of several years while she worked for him at E!. Seacrest denied it and basically said the woman, Suzie Hardy, was lying and attempting to extort him. Except she never asked for money, and first went to E! to handle it quietly, and only went public when E! covered Ryan’s ass in the investigation. Hardy had witnesses to the abuse too. All of this caused Ryan and E!-corporate to have “crisis meetings” about how to handle the E! Oscar Red Carpet show, which Ryan is hellbent on doing still. Well, guess what? He’s still going to host the show this evening, but it’s going to be terrible. The whole red carpet is going to be terrible:

Ryan Seacrest won’t just be asking the questions on this year’s Oscars red carpet. The E! mainstay will be the question. Rob Silverstein, executive producer of the syndicated entertainment-news show “Access,” will prep his hosts Scott Evans and Kit Hoover to grill nominees and other celebrities about the #MeToo movement and the politics surrounding it.

“And then,” he added, “we will ask them whether or not they will talk to Ryan Seacrest.”

One New York City power publicist who represents A-listers said she’s advising her clients to skip interviews with Seacrest altogether.

“I’ll be shocked to see who stops to talk to Ryan,” she said. “He’s in trouble.”

Sources told Page Six that celebrities have been practicing answers to the inevitable barrage of questions involving alleged abusers Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen, and publicists have been working overtime to make sure their clients “don’t step in a pile of s–t” during interviews, as one Los Angeles publicist with Oscar-nominated clients said.

“You don’t want your client caught off-guard and hijacked or ambushed. You want them to be well-prepared, and if they want to give their opinion, you want them to voice it in such a way that it will get their message across, but that it won’t get them in hot water,” said the LA flack.

“You give them the information and let them know what you know,” he said. “But Ryan’s employers are having him there because he’s been cleared and you have to remember, Ryan has relationships with a lot of people personally,” he said, pointing to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent announcement that he will let Seacrest interview him: “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,” Kimmel told Variety.

[From Page Six]

I don’t like what Kimmel said there – we’re not “hanging Ryan out to dry” – we want him to step aside from making an appearance on E!’s Red Carpet Show because A) we’ve always wanted that, because he totally sucks at his job and B) we believe his accuser and having him ask questions about Me Too and Time’s Up will seem… awkward and unsettling.

All of this is just part and parcel of the larger problems over at E!. It’s all connected – Catt Sadler quitting the network after they refused to pay her as much (or commensurate to) Jason Kennedy, E! covering Ryan Seacrest’s ass, and this new lawsuit: a veteran female producer on E!’s red carpet programming says she was fired after she “allowed” celebrities to trash E! on the E! Golden Globes red carpet show. Debra Messing, Eva Longoria and other celebrities trashed E! on camera for the Catt Sadler situation, and those interviews went out live, or on a delay of only a few minutes. The woman suing is named Aileen Gram Moreno and she’s already filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – go here to read more. E!’s argument is that Moreno was just bad at her job. How many women are they going to throw under the bus with that line? And how many times will E! Corporate look the other way when Ryan Seacrest is literally groping terrified subordinates? But hey, at least Ryan isn’t one of those mouthy bitches who, like, wants women to support each other on E!’s airwaves.

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  1. Ms. Lib says:

    He is a real jack-off!

    • Imqrious2 says:


      And speaking of jack-offs, is Kimmel giving equal time to Suzi Hardy to get *her* truth out there? Yeah, didn’t think so. Once a douche-bro, always a douche-bro underneath. His newly progressive veneer was bound to crack at some point.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I can’t stand his smarmy smile. I totally believe the allegations.

    • kimbers says:

      ugh I can’t even stand his syndication radio shows. every time someone turns him on tv or radio I literally yell, “PASS!”

      I don’t like his “personality” is seems disgenuine. He kisses too many butts to thr point that he has zero opinions. Seems like a scared child all the time, and just not interesting to watch. Need new people. Ryan is stale and old.

      I do tend to believe the woman’s claims bc the person doing the interviews wasn’t an HR person, but a hardcore lawyer. This was suppose to be an internal review that took over a month? IDK this smells like NBC shenanigans of make it go away bc we have a man here that brings us millions and these women can be replaced. It seems like E(aka most boring outdated network ever) wanted to send the lawyer in to pass on if there was a legal case or not to the Heads. Shisty.

      ok finished with before coffee rant

  2. Ally says:

    The SNL skit about red carpet interviews of accused abusers was relatively on-point.

    Kimmel knows he’s not pure as the driven snow here. Those years with Adam Carolla (The Man Show) were full of gross sexist material.

    • Nicole says:

      Was going to bring this up too. Reason I didn’t even watch Kimmel until last year was because I did not like him. Doesn’t sound like he’s moved far enough on the feminism front.
      Honestly let Ryan do the carpet. We can see him fall flat on his face on tv. I’m cool with that

    • Jordan says:

      I remember being 13 and seeing the man show on late night Comedy Central. I’m 28 now and only see him as the gross cohost.

    • INeedANap says:

      Men will always close ranks around other men. I am not surprised about Kimmel.

  3. SM says:

    Why did he do so well? He has crazy written all over his face. And I am dissapointed with Kimmel. Really, after being so sane and calling for justice and rationality in his monologues? The only was to preach the truth on TV to others is to live by that truth yourself.

    • Red32 says:

      Kimmel is like everyone else – if it’s someone he doesn’t like, complete outrage. If it’s someone he does like, it’s “wait for all the facts” etc., etc.

    • FLORC says:

      Seacrest got to where he’s at because he was ruthless. Right from the start of cohosting AI, to having his co-host fired. To his radio show. To his PR. To anyone who ever reached out their hand to him was yanked down to pull himself up. And his diva behavior was whitewashed because he had rating. And is a dude.

      This is a long time coming. And deserved.

    • minx says:

      He’s a smarmy little tyrant who was fortunate enough to carve out a niche for himself.

  4. AngieB says:

    E! Is gross.

  5. HelloSunshine says:

    So, besides Kimmel, who is going to stop for Seacrest? Gotta know who I’m putting on a time out or cancelling. Also really hope someone takes the interview and uses it to call him out, although I imagine that wouldn’t make it to air considering that lawsuit.

    • Chaine says:

      That would be fine with me. Let them all stop with Ryan and call him out—then E! will have nothing of him to air.

  6. nemera says:

    I don’t like Ryan. Never have. I do think that it is important to afford anyone accused of something the right to defend themselves. Allegations are not proof of guilt. I do think Ryan is a DICK. I think that he thinks he is way more important than he is. Reminds me of Matt Lauer for some reason. Both terrible interviewers and given a level of status they don’t deserve.

  7. Katherine says:

    Please, Hollywood, you impressed me with hands-on anti-harassment approach, don’t roll back now

  8. Neelyo says:

    Boy i feel sorry for whoever Seacrest’s assistant is today. He’s going to be in such a pissy mood and have to take it out ok somebody.

    E! Is garbage. I remember back in the 90s when they had a few standards.

  9. deets says:

    Disappointed in Kimmel.
    Its all about supporting victims until someone you like is called out, for him, it seems.

    The thing is, if your support looks like that, it means in only runs skin deep. It’s only there when it’s easy. To be a true ally, you need to understand that you are going to end up making sacrifices. Do your morals run deeper than your need to be liked, your need to fit in.
    Kimmel’s morals, they do not. Not on this topic.

    • Sue says:

      “Do your morals run deeper than your need to be liked, your need to fit in.” Excellent point!

    • endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

      Ok – but despite major suspicions abut his douchey-ness, a proper (non-employer led) LEGAL investigation needs to go down before taking away a person’s livelihood? That’s the double-edged sword of living in a democracy. Can’t take umbrage under the ‘guilty till proven innocent’ legal principle when it suits us. He may very well be guilty but we as women still need to go down a legal process for goodness sake’s. It undermines OUR credibility as victims that we don’t push for legal channels more. Shading people is one thing but get the legal stuff started if we really want power..Thats why donations to the time’s up legal fund will be so much more effective than a pre-trial hiss fest. Men have held the cards because of resources. We need to stop splurging on excess material items the patriarchy has developed for us to feel we need to buy (ie look how much goes into preparing a F Oscars vs a male actor) and channel our spare resources into processes with structure, efficacy and long term results. These guys will really start to behave when their victims are outfunded: https://www.gofundme.com/timesup

  10. Rebecca says:

    Everyone should do what Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did with Seacrest one year – walk right by him as he’s yelling their names over and over again. They did a great job of completely ignoring him and pretending he did not exist.

    • Darla says:

      LOL. I didn’t see that but it sounds awesome. I hope a lot of them tonight do this!

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      I remember Ryan interviewing B and A the year her mother passed away. You could tell something was wrong and that she was upset, and only there to support Brad. Ryan talked a lot of crap about her after that, saying something like, why did she even come? Knowing she’d just lost her mother. Like his interview was so important that she shouldn’t be there even to support Brad because she wasn’t in a place to be a good interview. It just showed what an egotistical jackass he was. I was so glad to see them ignore him after that.

  11. Liberty says:

    A few weeks ago, while taking a car in from the airport, the driver had Ryan’s daytime radio show on. Oh. My. God. He sounded like some hack on a local small city radio channel who feels sure he will be big someday and meanwhile does special broadcasts from the new Mall’s teen fashion show. Very amateurish and kind of painful. Even my driver said, This guy, his dad must have money. And we laughed. It is mind boggling. And he is still hustling like hell, trying to be on every show, even after killing the world with the K team.

    So if he oils his way thru this, I won’t be surprised. Deal with the devil?

    • HadleyB says:

      Yes, his “deal” was with Merv back in the day. Ryan sold his soul ( among other things) to him.

  12. minx says:

    I don’t watch the E! Red carpet show, can’t stomach Seacrest, so I’ll rely on CB’s take.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      I can’t stand his smarmy smugness. I will wait for CB and Kaiser to post anything worthy to see about celebs giving him the Bums’ Rush.

      I’ll have on my local KTLA station and watch them. They do a much better job.

  13. Kterr says:

    Well he gave them the Kardashians which is practically their whole network now so of course they are gonna stand behind their cash cow. I can’t stand watching any of them.

  14. MVC says:

    I don’t get it. Is he really that important? The normal thing would be someone else covering the red carpet. I’m sure lots of people are not going to stop for him.

    Remember when Angelina snubbed him? #Queen

  15. Giddy says:

    Ugh, ugh, ugh! That smarmy smile makes me ill!

  16. Mia4s says:

    I’ve said a million times, most people have been comfortable with the movement because 99% of the time it was multiple accusers. They believe womEN not womAN. Seacrest has one accuser (I believe her). That was never going to fly.

    One accuser? Sure I know there’s been a pushback against Woody Allen on one accusation but…is it genuine…or are people taking and stating the prevailing publicly preferred opinion at the moment? Sure it’s genuine for some but the reluctance from many of these “think pieces” is clear. Also is it some great sacrifice to say you won’t work with him again? He’s 82. He’s about done anyway. They’ll hold his new film for awhile and then stream it (maybe an international release) and it will be among his most watched since no one is “paying” to see it. So in the case of Seacrest who is far more powerful and active right now? One accuser? Was never going to be enough. The world may be starting to believe women; but not woman.

    • Petrichor says:

      You speak the sad truth.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Thing is, she *does* have witnesses, to the behavior and to the fact of talking to others when it happened. And yet she is *still* not believed. #IStandWithHer

    • Sunny says:

      You also have to remember that pushback against Woody Allen finally happened because it was his own kids who were against him. His adoptive daughter, who was his accuser and who was writing about him for several years and his own biological son, who even changed his name and was supporting his sister and not his father. I think the fact that it was Allen’s own children, played a big role.

  17. Jordan says:

    Burn this troll.

  18. Truthie says:

    Regardless of this current allegation, does anyone truly enjoy him/his interviews? I did not find him enjoyable before!

  19. LadyT says:

    “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.” I agree with Kimmel with one big difference. I’m seeing it from the victim’s perspective and not from Seacrest’s. Right now is not the time for E! to have Seacrest front and center at the Oscar’s.

  20. Boxy Lady says:

    That producer situation is so crappy. I was reading about it on the Daily Mail yesterday and tried to comment. I was talking about how the president of E! was claiming that the celebrities talking about equal pay on the red carpet weren’t being censored but in the next breath, he said the producer was fired for not editing out these particular celebrities.

    Even though they claim it wasn’t moderated they wouldn’t publish it. Twice. Of course, the 2nd time I tried, I mentioned that since they wouldn’t publish it the 1st time, I could discern which side DM was taking. Well, at least the DM moderators know I’m on to them lol.

  21. KNy says:

    I just went to the Variety story that details the assault and made the mistake of reading the comments section. Besides the rare, sane comment (and I mean rare) the “nicest” ones were the ones that said, “I don’t think Ryan can do this because he is obviously gay.” Like, that was as positive as it got. There was so much “Why did she take the abuse for years? If it was so bad, she should have just quit. She just wants to extort money from him.” This past week, something at work happened, and I’ve been contemplating going to HR. It was awful and demeaning and 100% sexual harassment that has been building for the last year or so (from mean jokes, to bullying, to outright sexual harassment). I came home from work crying. And yet…I feel like reporting it will make my life harder. My overall workplace is very liberal, but my department is NOT. I am in awe of these women who speak out against these men.

    • Petrichor says:

      @KNY I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with this. The decision to tell or not to tell is always a hard one. A couple of years ago I was in the same position of deciding to say something or not about a (non-sexual) bully/harasser in my workplace. In the end I did report him and it was very difficult for about 6 months while the investigation and immediate aftermath took place, but in the end things have improved so much. My department, once horribly fractured, has come together in a collegial unit like never before (helped by the fact that the harasser left with his tail between his legs). Things aren’t perfect, but are much better than the toxic environment we all once survived in. The one thing that kept me going through the difficult first months was the knowledge that I had done the right thing in standing up for my morals and bringing the harassment into the open. I did what was right for me, and my advice is to make the decision that you can live with in the long run, however hard it may be in the short term. Good luck with your difficult choice.

    • Jaded says:

      I had a similar situation with my boss some years ago – he sent around a very lewd and sexually vulgar email pretending to be me to some male friends at the company where we all worked and I found it. He was the friggin’ Sr. VP of HR!!! What was I to do?? So I updated my procedures manual, put my out of office message on email and phone, sent myself a copy of said email as well as printing out several copies, left my keys and blackberry on my desk and walked out, never to return. He was away at the time so it was easy to say to my colleagues that I wasn’t feeling well and was going home. I contacted the CEO of our company (a super guy) and got in touch with an employment lawyer the next day, met with him and by the following Monday the ball was rolling. It took about 6 weeks to settle but I stayed on full salary/benefits and got a settlement of a year’s salary and benefits with no claw-back if I found other work, which I did within a couple of months. Long story short, it’s stressful and scary but you have to stand up for yourself in these situations. Good luck to you!!

      • KNy says:

        @Petrichor and @Jaded, I’m so impressed that you both spoke up for yourselves and thank you both for your kind words. Up until now, I really underestimated how hard speaking up is. The person who’s harassing me is well-liked by our department, and most would chalk it up to him telling his bawdy jokes (which I never really minded) and wouldn’t think him possible of anything worse. I leave this job next year, and have taken steps to quietly move myself farther away from him (changed offices to one he rarely goes to) and I’m basically counting the days until it’s over. I’m worried that if I spoke up and he does get fired (which – to be honest with you – he should), my already short-staffed department will get annoyed with me because then the work will no doubt get spread out among everyone else. And, also, our job rather niche, and everyone knows everyone across the country and around the world. Speaking up could hinder the projects I’m working on right now and tarnish my reputation. I have to just focus on not getting depressed from this, I think. I’m not someone who’s prone to depression, thank goodness, but this has been making me feel down and hopeless at certain points, and that is alarming.

  22. Adele Dazeem says:

    Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that E! Is a network whose largest audience group is female (Not to stereotype but I don’t know many men that love E!) and females are clearly dismissed and not respected at E?

    • TaniaOG says:

      My guess would be that it’s a bunch of men running that company. Talk about a lack of perspective.

  23. psl says:

    This is a man who sold his soul and paired up with PMK. I hope everyone just walks right by him, for that alone! I loathe this man for releasing that Family on us.

  24. me says:

    Actually I think he’s pretty good at his job. He interviews a lot better than most I’d say.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      Me too.

      I actually REALLY liked him before this came out. Well-dressed, polite, spoke so well of the women in his life, especially his mama. Ashamed to say I fell for it hook, line and sinker…

      Although I knew he must be extremely ambitious, had an over-sized ego (with his stature, not that hard, lol), but as soon as I read her accusations, I knew RS was one big fucked up facade. AND his response was AWFUL.

      Kelly showed her true colors when she came up with that lame-ass defense. This might be what actually ends her show, wouldn’t that be just desserts?

  25. ellieohara says:

    Er, this is silly. He’s gay. I assume he’ll end up outing himself to save his career.

    • LadyT says:

      Abuse is about power, not sex. His sexual preference, be it straight, gay, bi or totally asexual, doesn’t prove one way or another concerning the assault allegations.

    • LisaPreng says:

      I have had more than one gay man make inappropriate comments about my large breasts and touch them. Gay men are perfectly capable of sexually harassing women.

      • paddingtonjr says:

        This reminds me of the old Will & Grace episode in which Will and Jack fondle and grab Grace’s breasts, but everyone laughs because they’re “gay, it doesn’t count.” Harassment and assault is about power and control; sexual orientation/preference doesn’t matter.

  26. Michelle says:

    Pretty much the whole of Hollywood is a joke. You have these abusers who should all be fired, not cherry pick who continues in their job. You have other networks like Access, looking to get one over on E network, then you have the publicists treating celebs with kid gloves. They want to be part of this Feminist movement, but have to be told, who to talk to, what to say, what not to say, these celebs can’t & won’t even think for themselves. A complete Joke!!!

    • ravynrobyn says:

      YAAASSS!!! When you put it that way, I cannot believe how naive I’ve been…

  27. TaniaOG says:

    Wow. This is not going to go down well. In the interest of supporting the movement he should step aside this time. He’s really forcing an awkward situation. Why is he insisting on this?

    • Other Renee says:

      “Why is he insisting on this?”

      Denial. Ego. Take your pick.

    • Joannie says:

      Because maybe he’s completely innocent. Its possible.

    • jana says:

      I think he should have taken a pass on the Oscars, blaming his American Idol schedule, because now the whole “everyone shunned Ryan Secrest” story is all over the place…which is not particularly good press for the premiere of Idol.

  28. Lo says:

    My friend used to work for Ryan Seacrest.

    She was neutral on him, didn’t have anything bad to say. She told me he was the hardest-working person she’d ever known, like working was his drug.

    I never liked him, his creepy fake smile has always been off-putting. I totally believe this woman.

  29. Sunny says:

    I honestly never watched any of his interviews and had no idea who he even was.

  30. Mrs. Smith says:

    I don’t understand what he’s thinking by being on the carpet tonight. Is it a ratings driver? Is it his ego? I think every (major) star will avoid him at all costs and/or take the opportunity to call out E! for all their sh*t. If he were smart, he’d take a pass on this one. Yikes.