Ryan Seacrest Reportedly 'Tense' Ahead of Oscars Red Carpet

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"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.

There was speculation that stars would avoid Seacrest because of sexual harassment allegations levied against him by a former employee. E! Hardy said that Seacrest slapped her butt and touched her crotch, and one of her colleagues witnessed the incident.

Seacrest also attended the Oscars on Sunday, and his presence at the event caused a stir among attendees.

He has not been criminally charged, he has denied all wrongdoing and E!'s investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing.

And on Thursday, Aileen Gram-Moreno, an E! producer, said in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was unfairly terminated for allowing Longoria's interview to air.

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Given the current climate and the Me Too campaign to end assault in showbiz, some actresses may opt not to be interviewed by the popular 43-year-old presenter. "Some will avoid [speaking with E!] all together".

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The first nominee Seacrest interviewed was Diane Warren.

Though a fraction of ABC's preshow numbers (15.9 million viewers from 7-8:30 p.m.), it's a solid ratings result for E!, whose top-rated program, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", pulls in about 1.5 million viewers per episode. It is important to note that Ripa also mentioned that she is excited to see Seacrest on the red carpet, as the person in charge of covering the Oscars for the E! network.

Kathy Griffin - who was actually pretty refreshing on the E! red carpet until her joke about a young Dakota Fanning being in rehab got her fired - recently wrote a column for Timeon this very subject.

Many critics felt the TV personality should have stepped down as the host of the show, whether he's guilty of mistreating Suzie Hardy or not.

In a November statement he said: "I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result".

The words Time's Up were barely spoken on E!, and that appeared to be a decision made out of necessity once E! chose to keep Seacrest on the show.

"There has to be a better way to deal with past transgressions and make sure they don't happen again without destroying so many careers".