"E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2018 Academy Awards": The endless E! channel pre-Oscars coverage begins, with lots of yammering about what the stars might wear, and so on.
"I'll be shocked to see who stops to talk to Ryan", one publicist who represents A-list celebrities told Page Six. Seacrest continues to co-host "Live with Kelly and Ryan", and so far has not mentioned any of it.
"Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2018 Academy Awards" featuring pop culture personalities Kristin Cavallari, Brad Goreski and Josh Horowitz, along with E! correspondents Kristin Dos Santos, Zuri Hall, Jason Kennedy, Erin Lim, Nina Parker and Morgan Stewart. "Speaking on behalf of all of us here, I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day".
E! is reportedly considering a time delay for its red carpet television coverage due to the controversy surrounding Ryan Seacrest, according to Deadline. She claims he repeatedly harassed and assaulted her, once slapping her hard enough that his hand left a welt. He denied the allegations, citing an independent investigation that found insufficient evidence to support Hardy's accusations. Meanwhile, E! has stood by its "comprehensive" investigation, and Ryan is still expected to host the network's red carpet show at the Oscars on March 4.
It's starting to seem possible that this might be the beginning of an all-out revolt against the network's chokehold on celebrity coverage. "It's about there being an accusation that's alive, and until they sort of out, it's really on E!" "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts", Debra Messing said.
As previously reported, Seacrest was accused of misconduct in November by an E! 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". The network came under fire again this week after it was revealed that it fired a producer who aired a segment in which Eva Longoria remarked about Sader and the gender equality issues in Hollywood.