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Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Is Ryan Seacrest immune to the #MeToo movement?
Sonia Saraiya wonders why Seacrest has been seemingly unaffected by his sexual harassment scandal, details of which were reported this week in her publication Variety. "I can’t objectively defend Variety," she writes. "But I can observe that Seacrest is engaging in his own public-opinion chess, with a skill we haven’t seen from other accused men. Unlike them, Seacrest is a man whose primary marketable talent is continuing to be generally liked; he is a master of this form. And this behavior from him is a play — a belligerent, entitled, corporate-sponsored play that exploits the weaknesses in a system that is designed to work against victims of harassment. Seacrest and his publicity team have taken special note of how the judgment of crowds imperfectly aligns with the judgment of courts; of how, in the age of reality-star president Donald Trump, arrogant denial has surprising weight with the viewing audience. That Seacrest’s on-air persona is an appealingly inoffensive one adds to his power; if that persona is merely a performance, viewers at home don’t know the difference."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Jennifer Lawrence detailed her problems with E! when Howard Stern brought up Ryan Seacrest
Lawrence seemed unaware of the sexual harassment allegations against Seacrest when Stern brought them up in an interview Wednesday morning, asking if she would shun him on the Oscars red carpet. “I can’t imagine him being sexual,” she said. When pressed, she added: "I don’t know. I mean there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?” Lawrence has supported Catt Sadler in the former E! News host's pay dispute with the entertainment network, and the two have reportedly teamed up for a #MeToo and Time's Up-themed TV docuseries. Speaking of Sadler, Lawrence said, "I have noticed that they keep cycling these women and I am going — that is just so you, is that so you don’t have to pay another women equally to Jason (Kennedy)? Is this just a way to still maintaining that you are not paying women equally?" Additionally, Lawrence said, "I have always had a problem with the Fashion Police. I don’t have a problem with talking about what women are wearing. There was a time there where, they were just mean, about people’s bodies, things you shouldn’t say.” Going back to the Seacrest allegations, Lawrence said, “I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know. I don’t know, that that, that is where this stuff gets tricky.”
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Ryan Seacrest's longtime stylist/makeup artist worked with his accuser, but says he never witnessed any bad behavior
“I never saw any of the things that she’s alleging. It’s unbelievable to me," says Jayson Stacy, who's worked with Seacrest for 13 years -- including alongside accuser Suzie Hardy -- and calls him "so professional." “He’s never been mean," says Stacy. "With women, there’s so many females that work with us. … I never once heard anyone say that he’s done anything to make them feel uncomfortable – that he’s been mean to them, that they wanted to leave their job because of him.”
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Report: Kelly Ripa "is fully supportive and 110 percent behind" Ryan Seacrest
Despite an "awkward moment" this morning between Ripa and her Live co-host, People magazine reports that she fully supports Seacrest following a former co-worker's allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. People further reports that "spokespeople for both American Idol and iHeartMedia are also in full support." Seacrest's girlfriend, Shayna Taylor, also expressed her support via an Instagram post this morning. "You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being," she wrote. "I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment. You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it." ALSO: E!'s investigation of Seacrest included the male former co-worker who spoke anonymously to Today about witnessing alleged misconduct.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
NBC News spoke to a former Ryan Seacrest E! co-worker who anonymously corroborated sexual harassment allegations
"She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch," the former co-worker said on the Today show, which used to employ Seacrest. "I saw that more than once," he added. NBC News says it is "withholding the man's name because he still works in Hollywood and fears retaliation." NBC and E! are corporate siblings. ALSO: Did Kelly Ripa shade Seacrest this morning on Live?
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Ryan Seacrest: My sexual harassment accuser "tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused"
"Yesterday, Variety published a salacious story that revealed the specific claims against me for the first time – even though an independent third-party investigator found insufficient evidence to support the claims," Seacrest said in a statement released this afternoon. "Much to my dismay, Variety didn’t speak with me or bother to speak with other credible witnesses or even ask for any of the evidence that was obtained during the investigation when offered, all of which clearly challenged the veracity of the claims made against me. This person who has accused me of horrible things tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted. I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest."
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
Ryan Seacrest will still host E!'s Oscar pre-show following sexual misconduct allegations
E! confirms that Seacrest will still be Live from the Red Carpet on Sunday, days after his former E! stylist went public with sexual harassment and abuse allegations against him. Variety reports that so far ABC and E! are sticking by Seacrest. But as Variety points out, "Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet in the wake of detailed harassment and abuse allegations has the potential to create an embarrassing situation for E! and the host."
Meanwhile, an E! spokesperson told People this morning that the cable network stands by its investigation: “E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough. Over the course of a two month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Ryan Seacrest's former E! stylist details her sexual abuse and harassment allegations
Suzie Hardy, who first became Seacrest's stylist in 2007, says she lost her job at E! in 2013 after reporting his alleged sexual harassment and abuse to human resources. It was Hardy who sent a letter to E! last November accusing Seacrest of harassment, prompting an E! investigation that was closed earlier this month due to "insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated." According to Variety, "Seacrest subjected Hardy to years of unwanted sexual aggression — grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later." Hardy says of E!'s investigation and findings, “total exasperation was my definite feeling when I heard about it. I felt like by the third interview, it was obvious the investigator was whitewashing it for Seacrest’s side.” Seacrest's attorney, Andrew Baum, responds that Hardy demanded $15 million from Seacrest or she would go public with the false claim. "It’s telling that after my client refused to pay her money, and the E! investigation resulted as it did, that she is now coming forward to share her debunked story to the press," he says. Variety notes that Hardy denied she demanded money and that Seacrest's representatives didn't provide proof that a monetary request was made.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Catt Sadler will co-host Vanity Fair's Oscar party live stream
The former E! News co-host will host from a custom-built red-carpet studio.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Catt Sadler may sue over her E! pay dispute
Sadler hinted she's contemplating legal action in an interview with fellow E! News alum Maria Menounos. “By the way," she said, "there is something called the equality — the pay act … it is unlawful to discriminate, it is sexual discrimination, so you better believe that people are going to say on record what protects them in a certain, particular instance,” she said.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 2:36AM EST
Ryan Seacrest: “I do not take things for granted” after being cleared of misconduct accusation
“To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching,” Seacrest writes in The Hollywood Reporter, recounting the investigation into a former E! wardrobe stylist’s accusation against him that was never revealed. “I’ve always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion,” he adds. “Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds. The pressures of our overflowing newsfeeds would insist on it.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
Maria Menounos on Catt Sadler: E! can’t pay everybody the same salary
Menounos, who has worked for E! News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra, cited LeBron James in defending E!'s unequal pay. "Sometimes there are those key players that are going to make more, who are seemingly doing the same thing, but have a bigger career, bigger name — a bigger name that they've built that is commanding of more money,” she tells the Associated Press. “So, there are going to be instances where it's not always equal.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Catt Sadler is returning to TV to guest co-host The View
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Sam Rockwell let an F-bomb slip on SNL, while NBC allowed an uncensored “sh*thole” in certain parts of the country
The accidental F-bomb came when an in-character Rockwell said, “You can’t be this f*cking stupid” during a PBS kids show sketch. Meanwhile on “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost tackled President Trump’s reported “sh*thole” comment, saying: “S-holes – that’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way, even though the president can say sh*thole. Oops.” Apparently both expletives aired uncensored in the Eastern and Central time zones. But in the Pacific and Mountain time zones — where SNL airs live in primetime — they were censored. (Rick Ludwin, the longtime former head of NBC late-night, tweeted: “Have been multiple audio drops in the West Coast #SNL live (but digitally delayed by a few secs) feed, which airs before 10pm.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Report: Megyn Kelly is “at war” with NBC over her attempts to book Catt Sadler
Page Six reports that Kelly's NBC bosses are “appalled" at Megyn Kelly Today's plans because Sadler’s pay dispute was with E! News, which is under NBC Universal. “They are appalled (Kelly) would use their own airtime to criticize the company,” an “insider” tells Page Six. “It was bad enough when (NBC star) Debra Messing weighed in on (Sadler’s grievance) on the Golden Globes red carpet on NBC. Now Megyn is going to put Catt front and center — on NBC! Yikes.” ALSO: Kelly criticized for praising fat-shaming.