A new source claims that even though she defended her co-star on Live! behind the cameras, Kelly Ripa is actually furious over the sexual misconduct allegations! As you may know already, Ryan Seacrest was accused of sexual harassment by his former stylist Suzie Hardy.
‘Kelly does not want to risk anything happening to Live! She’s understandably livid because it could potentially f*** up her show,’ the insider explained.
Then why did she praise him, showing her support?
Apparently, ‘They oversell their friendship. Her reputation’s rolled up in this — this is her show. For Kelly, there is not a Plan B. She had to make a decision and rally around him.’
The investigation conducted by the network provided ‘insufficient evidence’ that Ryan was guilty of any of the things Suzie claimed he did to her.
But when on February 26, the woman went public with her story, it made headlines.
Despite this, E! has stayed by their initial conclusion, saying that their investigation was ‘comprehensive.’
Seacrest himself has denied everything, claiming that the former stylist told him she’d drop the accusations if he’d give her millions of dollars.
‘I do not want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth. But in this case, I’ve no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoings, and put the matter to rest,’ he added.
On March 1, Kelly praised her co-host saying: ‘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.’
We previously also heard that if the accusations turn out to be true, Kelly will be ‘disappointed and heartbroken.’