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Kelly Ripa defended Ryan Seacrest on-air Thursday amid calls for him to step down from covering the Oscars red carpet on Sunday following the resurfacing of sexual harassment allegations.

Seacrest, 43, a long-time host for E!, an entertainment channel owned by NBCUniversal, has in recent months been facing accusations of sexual misconduct from his former stylist - all of which he's denied.

This morning, Taylor also wrote words of encouragement to her man, who is set to conduct interviews on the red carpet at today's Oscars.

Last year, E! averaged 2.03 million viewers during the first three hours of its Oscars red carpet coverage and 1.74 million in the last half hour, per Nielsen data.

"They've known each other for years and talk about's been a tough week".

In the photos they posted, he seems pretty dead-set on getting on with his E! red carpet coverage, which may be missing some key stars. "I know what a professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very blessed to work with you each and every day". 'We shouldn't have to make those choices of, "Do we or don't we?'"

The founder of the female empowerment and anti-sexual harassment campaign, Tarana Burke, told Variety she thought E! "It's about there being an accusation that's alive, and until they sort [it] out, it's really on E!" News and shouldn't be on us.

Seacrest has strenuously denied the allegations made against him by Suzie Hardy and an investigation into the matter has already been dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence. She claimed Seacrest groped her vagina, grinded his erect penis against her while wearing only underwear and slapped her buttock so hard that it left a welt.

The closest moment to a star calling out Seacrest came during Henson's interview.

"Sadly, last fall I became one of the accused, which I promptly revealed proactively to the network involved and to the public".

The E! hosts also had to contend with a few awkward encounters in which they were questioned about the network's handling of a pay dispute with former on-air personality Catt Sadler.

"Ultimately, my name was cleared", Seacrest said in a statement. "I am not a jury ... that is where this stuff gets tricky". "She is understandably livid because it could potentially f--k up her show", a source told the news outlet. I don't know with any certainty that Seacrest is guilty of the charges.


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