How did the Ryan Seacrest sexual harassment allegations impact E!'s red carpet coverage?
In an interview with Variety last month, Ryan Seacrest’s former stylist Suzie Hardy provided details of the alleged sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of Seacrest. As Hollywood ushers in a new era of “believing women,” one would expect that Seacrest would be relieved of his red carpet duties on E! this year. Many of us watching at home were disgusted by E!’s decision (the network stated that an internal investigation did not prove Hardy’s claims) — and it appears that plenty of Oscar attendees felt the same way.
It’s been noted that many celebrities appeared to deliberately avoid speaking with Seacrest. In a twist that will surely shock no one, more men than women were willing to answer his questions and conveniently ignore the recent allegations.
But, overall, E!’s red carpet coverage lacked the starpower of ABC’s broadcast. Celebrities who gave interviews on ABC but not E! included Viola Davis, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Matthew McConaughey, and Timothée Chalamet.
Instead of interviewing celebs, E!’s coverage was reduced to a panel of fashion experts discussing the attire of women who wouldn’t speak to Seacrest.
Not every badass actress avoided Seacrest. Taraji P. Henson politely participated in an interview with the E! host, before appearing to throw some serious shade his way as the segment concluded.
Shortly thereafter, Henson was interviewed by Wendi McClendon-Covey on ABC. When asked how she was doing, the actress responded, “I’m great now that I’m in your company.”
Time’s up on Ryan Seacrest — and the irresponsible network that allowed him to appear on the red carpet in the first place.