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Oscars red carpet 2018: Ryan Seacrest only interviews 21 celebrities - Who were they?

It was a quiet night for the E! host

Ilana Kaplan
Monday 05 March 2018 03:02 GMT
Oscars 2018: Mary J. Blige and Diane Warren explain why they stopped for an interview with Ryan Seacrest

During E! News' two-hour red carpet, only 21 celebrities stopped to talk to Ryan Seacrest.

Nominees including Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney stopped for an interview with Seacrest as did his Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos.

Actor Donald Sutherland and actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Moreno along with musicians Miguel and Common also took time to talk to Seacrest.

But none of them addressed the elephant in the room: the sexual misconduct allegations against Seacrest.

However Empire actress Taraji P. Henson did make a subtle dig at Seacrest during an interview with him while speaking about her friend and nominee Mary J. Blige.

“You know, the universe has a way of taking care of the good people,” Taraji said during her interview with Seacrest. “You know what I mean?”

At the same time, she gave him a nudge on the chin.

While Seacrest usually secures the most in-demand red carpet interviews, many Oscar nominees and celebrity attendees passed up the opportunity to speak with the E! News host.

With #MeToo and #TimesUp being so focused on, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Gerwig, Nicole Kidman and more didn't stop to talk to Seacrest.

In fall 2017, Seacrest was accused of sexual misconduct, but denied the allegations.

Just last week, his ex-stylist Suzie Hardy accused him of “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."

Seacrest denied the claims saying, "This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused."

He stood his ground saying, "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.”

Diane Warren, nominee for Best Original Song for “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall


Gael García Bernal

Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos

Allison Janney, nominee Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya

Christopher Plummer, nominee for Best Supporting Actor for All the Money in the World

Andy Serkis

Richard Jenkins, nominee for Best Supporting Actor for The Shape of Water

Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel from Best Picture nominee Get Out

Donald Sutherland, honorary Oscar winner

Rita Moreno

Eiza Gonzalez

Mary J. Blige, nominated Best Supporting Actress for Mudbound

Andra Day and Common, nominate for Best Original Song for “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall

Taraji P. Henson, presenter

Whoopi Goldberg

Tiffany Haddish

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