Gossip Cop is debunking an online report that Ryan Seacrest is nervous to host the Oscars red carpet Sunday due to sexual harassment claims made against him by a former co-worker.
Gossip Cop reports, after reaching out to many Seacrest associates, that everything will be "business as usual" for the host, who was actually prepping for "American Idol" at the time the negative report claimed he was prepping for his Oscar duties.
Seacrest was accused of a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior by stylist Suzie Hardy, was investigated by his employers at E!, and was not punished because the investigation turned up no damaging evidence.
Seacrest told THR, "...The majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy... I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself."
The rumor comes as Page Six reports E! has asked NBC to set up a 30-second delay in case any stars confront Seacrest on the carpet.
Kelly Ripa, Seacrest's co-host on "Live!," said on the air this week to Ryan, "I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you." The Daily Beast reported that Seacrest cried after her strong statement of support.
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