Tension surrounding Ryan Seacrest’s appearance on the E! Oscars red carpet days after resurfaced sexual assault allegations (which he has denied) seemed to have dissipated midway through the preshow, as stars stopped to speak to him and he got votes of approval from Kelly Ripa and Mary J. Blige. But one star was not willing to let Seacrest off so easy, and spoke up on Twitter offering support to his accuser, Suzie Hardy.
Hardy, Seacrest’s former stylist, went public with allegations that Seacrest assaulted her while she was employed as his stylist at E! from 2007 to 2013. According to a letter obtained by Variety, Seacrest grabbed her crotch, slapped her buttocks and more; she said she did not speak up for fear of being fired. Seacrest adamantly denied all charges and recommitted himself to working the Oscars red carpet, despite speculation that they might pull him in the wake of the prevalent #MeToo movement, and concerns stars might refuse to speak to him due to the allegations.
Those concerns did not come to fruition, but Griffin wasn’t prepared to let it go. She posted a tweet in support of Hardy, offering her a paid stylist gig for an upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The May 30 incident Griffin refers to is a photo that went viral depicting her holding a mask of President Donald Trump’s severed head, after which she lost endorsement deals and her CNN New Year’s Eve hosting gig, and found herself blacklisted from Hollywood, as well as personally attacked by the president on Twitter. It ended her friendship with Andy Cohen and while she says she’s not welcome at events like the Women’s March, she recently walked a red carpet and said “It feels great to be back.”
Hardy had not responded to Griffin’s tweet at the time of publication.