On Thursday’s Live! With Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa came to the defense of her co-host Ryan Seacrest having recently been accused of sexual harassment by a former stylist. While not speaking directly about the allegations, Ripa told Seacrest, “I just want you to know, you are a privilege to work with and I adore you. Speaking on behalf of all of us here, I know what a easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day.”
Seacrest has denied the accusations and an independent investigator cleared him of any wrong doing. However, the stylist, Suzie Hardy, told more of her story to Variety magazine earlier this week. There’s speculation the story could be problematic for Ryan as a host on the red carpet at this Sunday’s Oscars.