Kris Jenner Spoke Out About Ryan Seacrest Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Kris Jenner started off her Oscars Sunday by casting a vote of support for Ryan Seacrest as he faces claims of sexual misconduct from a former E! News stylist.
Last week, Seacrest again denied stylist Suzy Hardy’s allegations, published in depth in an interview with Variety Monday. She claimed the TV host, now 43, sexually assaulted her multiple times over the six years that she was employed by the network from 2007-13, including grabbing her crotch multiple times.
He initially released a rebuttal in November when the accusations first surfaced. An E! investigation into the claims concluded on Feb. 1 that there was “insufficient evidence to support the claims.” Last week, he accused Hardy of attempting to blackmail him.
In the wake of the detailed Variety interview, there has been a question about whether or not celebrities will stop to speak with Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet to continue showing support for the Time’s Up initiative. However, E! confirmed that business will continue as usual, and he indeed kicked off the network’s red carpet show Sunday night.
Seacrest’s other employers American Idol and iHeartRadio are continuing to support him, and his girlfriend Shayna Taylor and his Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa have also expressed their support for the TV personality.
“I cannot wait to see you there,” Ripa, 47, said of the Oscars during their show. “I am very excited. And I just want you to know, you are a privilege to work with and I adore you. Speaking on behalf of all of us here, I know what a easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day.”
The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.