Ryan Seacrest to host Oscars despite sexual harassment allegations

Bellamy Young and Ryan Seacrest

Bellamy Young and Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest's "Live" co-host Kelly Ripa didn't mention the allegations specifically on Thursday, but she gushed about her excitement over his Oscar duties as she issued a strong endorsement of his character.

The presenter has recently hit headlines after his former personal stylist Suzie Hardy accused him of sexual harassment, allegations he was cleared of following an extensive investigation by E!.

"I can not wait to see you there", she said to her 43 year old colleague. "I am very excited".

"I mean, there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?" she said. "I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very blessed to work with you each and every day".

Seacrest's former stylist Suzie Hardy described "numerous incidents of harassment and assault allegedly perpetrated by Seacrest" from 2007 to 2013, telling Variety that he grinded against her while wearing only his underwear, groped her genitals and slapped her buttock. Hardy's attorney told Variety that "neither he nor Hardy has asked Seacrest, E!, or the cable channel's corporate parents for any money".

The media mogul added, "This person who has accused me of awful things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. Umm, I don't know".

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"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, referring to an investigation commissioned by E! "There will be no Debra Messing moments this time around", said an anonymous source, who was referencing the moment the actress told Seacrest's E!

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Understandably, Ryan really appreciated Kelly's public support. Kimmel previous year taped a similar segment with Ripa and then-co-host Michael Strahan shortly after stepping offstage at the Oscars.

Ripa and Seacrest proceeded to put their arms around each other, and Seacrest kissed her on the cheek, as the audience applauded.

Seacrest's Oscars involvement is causing speculation, however, following allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Earlier this week, a detailed report of sexual abuse allegations toward Ryan Seacrest were laid out in full.

Winston Duke, of "Black Panther", was also a guest.

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