Sunday’s Oscars coverage was particularly tough for Mr. Seacrest, as he had to navigate the red carpet following sexual misconduct allegations. In case you missed it, the American Idol host was accused of sexual harassment by former stylist Suzie Hardy.
Although another former E! staffer corroborated Hardy’s account, the network cleared Ryan’s name after an “extremely comprehensive and thorough” investigation. Nonetheless, many celebs avoided speaking to the 43-year-old at the Academy Awards. Not Taraji though!!!
However, her chat with Seacrest DID cause a bit of controversy — and here’s why…
While speaking with Ryan, Taraji revealed that “the universe has a way of taking care of the good people.” Of course, many fans assumed this was the Empire star’s way of taking shots at Seacrest. They reacted on Twitter:
Did…Taraji just shade Ryan, live on air?
Did anyone else catch it? ├░┼╕╦£ΓÇÜ├░┼╕╦£ΓÇÜ
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) March 5, 2018
The shade theory was then seemingly confirmed when the industry vet was heard telling the interviewer NEXT to Ryan:
Taraji to ABC after leaving Ryan Seacrest “I├óΓé¼Γäóm great now that I├óΓé¼Γäóm in your company.” YES ├░┼╕┬ÅΓÇá #Oscars pic.twitter.com/bkGkSqfBTD
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Melissa Malamut (@melissamalamut) March 5, 2018
Well, damn. Regardless, the 47-year-old has since told People that her comments were “misconstrued” and that she “absolutely” supports the Live! cohost. She noted:
“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything.”
Fans are now supporting Henson’s explanation, as many have pointed out how gleeful she was during most of the interview with Ryan (below). Fair enough.
Not to mention, Ryan sang Taraji’s praises on Twitter following the chat. He wrote:
“Nothing but love for my friend @TherealTaraji. Thanks for hanging out with us on the #ERedCarpet! #Oscars”
So, it seems like the Internet was just fishing for dramz. *Shrugs*
[Image via Twitter.]