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Many were surprised when E! announced that Ryan Seacrest would still be covering the red carpet at the 2018 Academy Awards, despite the sexual harassment allegations made by his former stylist, Susie Hardy. Though Ryan has denied all allegations, he’s still receiving a ton of backlash.
But in the midst of all the hate, some celebs have come to his defense. Khloe Kardashian hopped on Twitter before the awards ceremony to show her support, by tweeting, QUOTE “Oscar Sunday!! I love the E red carpet coverage with my favs @RyanSeacrest and @GiulianaRancic”
Mama Kris Jenner also tweeted out in support of Ryan by sharing a photo of the two and captioning it, QUOTE “Oscar Sunday wouldn’t be the same without you @ryanseacrest @giulianarancic!! Can’t WAIT to watch you on the Red Carpet tonight!! I look forward to this night every year! I’m so proud of you!! #BFF #beautifulheart #E! #TheOscars #Oscars2018 #AcademyAwards #AcademyAwards2018”
The Internet, however, was not nearly as thrilled. Many took to social media to share their thoughts, with one user tweeting QUOTE “I don’t think I like the ABC red carpet coverage but there’s no Seacrest there so” While another user cut a little deeper, tweeting, QUOTE “Nice of E! to give everyone a chance to say goodbye to Ryan Seacrest tonight #Oscars”
With all of the backlash he has received, many were wondering if the live carpet interviews with Ryan would be awkward, or if celebs would even stop by at all. There was even rumored to be a 30-second delay to avoid any incidents, though a spokesperson for E! has denied this claim.
Luckily, Ryan was not left too lonely, as quite a few celebs did stop by to chat, such as, Miguel, Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Taraji P Henson, and many more.
Even though most of his celeb interviews went just fine, Ryan’s conversation with Taraji got everybody talking, after it appeared as though she shaded him right in the middle of their interview.
OOf. Though it wasn’t exactly clear whether she was calling him a good person or shading him, Taraji did go into her very next interview with ABC saying, “I’m great now that I’m in your company,” which lead many to believe that she was, in fact, throwing some shade. But looks like that wasn’t the case at all! Once Taraji got word of what people were saying about her comment, she denied the accusations, saying that this was her way of offering him her support, and even went on to explain why she held his chin like that, saying QUOTE ‘I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything,’
So you be the judge. Was Taraji shading Ryan in her interview or was she showing her support for him? Let me know all your thoughts and feelings down in the comments below. When you’re done with that, click right over here for all of the best-dressed celebs! As always, I’m your host Renee Ariel and I’ll see you next time!
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