Earlier Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter published a story about a 30-second tape delay the E! Network planned to utilize during its Oscar pre-show. THR reported that the delay was implemented to filter out awkward moments involving its host, Ryan Seacrest — who has been accused of sexual misconduct by his ex-stylist, Suzie Hardy.
On Sunday, very few celebrities made their usually traditional stops on the Red Carpet to speak with Seacrest. And Twitter absolutely noticed. Here’s a sampling of the social media reaction:
E! taking steps to protect Ryan Seacrest from embarrassment like he’s the beloved king emeritus of the People’s Republic of Stupid Bullshit
— erin ryan (@morninggloria) March 4, 2018
E! are one hour into their two hour Live from the Red Carpet show.
They’ve hardly cut to Ryan Seacrest, who’s on the red carpet.
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 4, 2018
YMMV but if they insist on employing Ryan Seacrest to do red carpet interviews, I want to see the “awkward moments” https://t.co/JWtkRHoo1C
— John McQuaid (@johnmcquaid) March 4, 2018
OK – giving Seacrest a 30 second delay is even more fucked up than having him on the red carpet.
— bert kreischer (@bertkreischer) March 4, 2018
E! just referred to Casey Affleck pulling out of his presenting duties amid sexual harassment allegations (“an awkward situation”), and then cut to Ryan Seacrest a few moments later. This is weird.
— Lauren Kelley (@lauren_kelley) March 4, 2018
They just gonna let Seacrest interview Christopher Plummer about taking over All the Money in the World after Spacey got fired?
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) March 4, 2018
Christopher Plummer talking to Ryan Seacrest about the pleasurable risk involved in jumping in for Kevin Spacey has a very awkward vibe.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) March 4, 2018
E! has Ryan Seacrest on a 30-second delay just in case he says something clever. #Oscar2018
— 🌎Joshua Malina🌎 (@JoshMalina) March 5, 2018
21 minutes in, Ryan Seacrest has not spoken with anyone who doesn’t work for the Oscars. going great!!!!
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) March 4, 2018
Wow. Ryan Seacrest is now a Greenpeace barker outside Trader Joe’s.
— Wesley Morris (@Wesley_Morris) March 5, 2018
One actress, however, Taraji P. Henson, did indeed stop to talk to Seacrest. And the result was a super awkward moment. We’ll be posting about that shortly.
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