Ryan Seacrest who is currently under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations managed to secure just two celebrity interviews for E!'s much feted Oscar Red Carpet show.
The TV mega-producer sppoke to Allison Janney, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in I, Tonya and close friends Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.
Earlier in the day, E! producers are asking NBC to delay their pre-Oscar “Live From the Red Carpet” show by at least 30 seconds. The move is to avoid situations where stars become uncomfortable and confrontational with the host.
“The plan being considered is to mainly ensure plenty of time to either cut to [co-host] Giuliana [Rancic] or to pull the plug altogether unnoticed if an on-camera encounter with Ryan goes into tricky territory,” according to Deadline.
E! has landed in grave scrutiny as one of their signature faces have been webbed in sexual assault charges amidst a wave of #MeToo movement and Time’s Up. Celebs have been vocally activating against such acts with various forms of red carpet protests.
E! told Deadline that such time-lapse delays are often used when broadcasting live shows as it is all a "business as usual." “As always, we tape multiple sources of content simultaneously to deliver the best possible show, and there are often brief delays between interviews,” said a spokesman. Delays of around 5-seconds are common but this one is said to be a staged decision that will be made in the truck by producers on the ground at the event.
"All in all, that’s obviously an environment where the often effervescent and softballing Seacrest now is looking more and more like someone high-powered publicists want their clients to avoid on their way into the Oscars and E! fears the co-host himself could be the one answering the questions," states Deadline.
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