'American Idol' supports Ryan Seacrest despite the sexual assault allegations against him
'American Idol' producer speaks in support of Ryan despite the allegations against him.
ABC is taking a strong stand for Ryan Seacrest and not only are they defending the allegations that have been put on him by his stylist, Suzie Hardy, they are also firmly standing by him, according to Hollywood Reporter. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of the show's producer, FremantleMedia, voiced their support for the television host.
"We stand by the results of the investigation," said Channing, referring to the independent investigation which is being carried out by E! with regard to the recent sexual assault claims. At the same time, Cecile added that the team has known Ryan for a long time and stands by him during the investigation. "I've known Ryan now for almost 16 years. I stand by him. Obviously, it's unfortunate. I'm not privy to the details. He seems to be very robust in his defense. And we'll see where it all goes," she said.
One could say that Disney/ABC, which purchased the rights to 'American Idol' in 2016, choosing to bring back Ryan in the picture may not be the best decision, after all, keeping in mind that the viewers may not be open to seeing him back on the stage amid the sexual assault claims. This comes after he was also denied many interviews during the Oscars.
Many people had questions as to why they would bring Ryan back to the show, "How is Ryan Seacrest still hosting 'American Idol'?" one fan wrote.
While another fan tried to remind people of the time when Ryan might have been insensitive and the recent accusations against him do not make things better. "In honor of the new season of 'American Idol', let us not forget about the time Ryan Seacrest tried to high five a blind man," fan noted.
Another wrote, "So great that they are finally bringing back 'American Idol'! I’ve already got so many questions. Who’s gonna be the next Kelly Clarkson? How many women will Ryan Seacrest assault? How many nuns with Katy Perry kill? So exciting!" Despite this, Ryan has denied all the accusations and stated that the claims made by Suzie are false.
The revamped 'American Idol' will premiere on Sunday, March 11. The new Idol judges include singers Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Ritchie, with Seacrest reprising his role as the host of the show.
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