Things Might Get Awkward With Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars—You Just Won’t Get to See It

E! is running their broadcast on a 30-second delay, but allegations of Seacrest’s misconduct will be a likely red carpet topic.

Future-Image via ZUMA Press

Oscar’s host Jimmy Kimmel has apparently promised not to “get too political“, with producers promising the host will bring up the #MeToo movement, but won’t dwell too long on the subject. Ryan Seacrest, practically an Oscar’s institution for his role on the red carpet, may have no choice but to address questions about his own alleged misconduct, no matter how much his network wants to avoid it.

Deadline Hollywood reported Sunday afternoon that E! network executives plan to set up a 30-second delay on their iconic red carpet coverage, for fear that Seacrest will be challenged by guests. The website reported

The plan being considered is to mainly ensure plenty of time to either cut to Giuliana or to pull the plug altogether unnoticed if an on-camera encounter with Ryan goes into tricky territory,” an insider tells Deadline. Another executive with knowledge of the situation confirms that the longer than usual delay is one of several “defensive scenarios” that E! has on the table in the Seacrest matter for Sunday afternoon. 

The network insisted that nothing was being handled differently than usual, and pre-taping some segments was normal. However, the New York Post’s Page Six column reported that Seacrest will definitely be called out over allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted a stylist, accusations which were reported in detail last week. 

According to the Page Six account, many celebrities plan to flat-out avoid talking to Seacrest.


Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.