Despite her previous diss on Live! it sounds like Kelly Ripa is still fully supporting her co-star Ryan Seacrest amid his sexual harassment accusations. On today’s episode, Ripa finally acknowledged the allegations against him for the very first time.
During the show’s opening, the TV host made sure to praise Ryan without actually mentioning the woman accusing him of sexual misconduct – Ryan’s former stylist Suzie Hardy.
But even so, the fact that she felt the need to praise him and make it very clear that she’s never had experiences with Seacrest that can be described as less than great is clue enough Ripa supports her co-star wholeheartedly.
‘You’re a privilege to work with, and I adore you. I know what an easy professional you are, and I love working with you every day,’ she said.
This was a change from the previous episode when she joked about her ‘tying his shoes,’ a reference to the accusations that when his stylist would tie his shoes, he would push his crotch in her face.
Maybe her little jab hurt Ryan behind the scenes and maybe they even had a fight, and she wanted to fix things by praising him this time around, making it very clear that she doesn’t believe he’s guilty.
Ryan has denied the allegations against him before, saying that ‘The person who’s accused me of terrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claim if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused. I’ve worked really hard to achieve my success, and I do not take my opportunities for granted. I do not want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth, but in this case, I have no choice but to deny the claims against me, remind people I was recused of wrongdoings and put the matter to rest.’