Going into the 2018 Oscars weekend, all eyes were on Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol host spent most of last week fending off a sexual misconduct allegation.
The longtime E! News veteran did headline the entertainment news cable network's red carpet festivities. However, there were only a few superstars willing to talk to the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host on the Oscars red carpet.
According to Entertainment Weekly, nearly two dozen celebrities found time to speak with Seacrest at the pre-Oscars festivities.
Celebrities That Talk To Ryan Seacrest At 2018 Oscars
Several entertainment icons, including celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Christopher Plummer, and Donald Sutherland, were the ones that spoke with him. Besides Plummer, only three other Oscar-nominated actors talked to Seacrest.
The three actors were The Shape of Water's Richard Jenkins, Mudbound's Mary J. Blige, and Allison Janney who won the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of LaVonna Fay Golden in I, Tonya.
Most of the remaining celebrities that were open to talking to Seacrest were in the recording industry. Veteran songwriter Diane Warren nominated for Best Original Song for "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall, Andra Day, Common, and Gael Garcia Bernal who all performed at the ceremony stopped by for a quick visit.
Other celebrities that spoke to Seacrest include Bradley Whitford, Taraji P. Henson, Andy Serkis, and Tiffany Haddish.
No Love For 'American Idol' Host?
Despite the visits and support Seacrest received from stars such as Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel and his Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa, the biggest reason behind Seacrest's slim red carpet interviews could be due to publicist influence.
Several powerhouse public relations personnel advised not to talk to Ryan Seacrest. According to Page Six, both the #MeToo Movement and Time's Up Campaign heavily played a factor into stars steering clear from Seacrest.
"Usually, Ryan is the one you want...but there are so many outlets on that carpet, why risk it? There's plenty of other places for clients to get the exposure," said a Page Six insider.
Alleged Sexual Misconduct Scandal
On Feb. 26, the entertainment news world was rocked as Variety broke the news that Seacrest's former stylist Suzie Hardy made sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against him. Hardy worked for Seacrest from 2007 to 2013. She stated that Seacrest did demeaning things to her during her employment at the E! Network.
However, Seacrest has denied that he had not done anything wrong. He stated Hardy would have dropped the allegations if he paid her millions of dollars. An investigation conducted by E!'s parent company, NBCUniversal, revealed that there is insufficient evidence surrounding the sexual abuse allegations against Seacrest.