It’s been a difficult week for Hollywood mogul Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
According to NBC News, Suzie Hardy claims she was harassed by Seacrest when she was working as a stylist for E! News in 2008 and that he put her into physically inappropriate situations on multiple occasions.
She made the allegations public on Monday but first accused the 43-year-old “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” host of sexual misconduct last year.
Some of her allegations were corroborated by one of her former co-workers, who told NBC News:
“She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch. I saw that more than once.”
But it seems Seacrest still has a big supporter by his side — Kelly Ripa.
On Thursday’s episode of “Live! With Kelly and Ryan,” Ripa openly showed support for her co-host when they started talking about the Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards.
“I cannot wait to see you there. I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you.”
Though Ripa didn’t mention the accusations, it seemed clear that she wanted Seacrest to know that he had her support. She continued:
“I’m speaking on behalf of all of us here. I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very very lucky to work with you each and every day.”
Her co-host seemed touched by her words a responded by kissing her on the head. Seacrest told Ripa, “You are happiness.”
The 43-year-old has called the allegations against him “lies” and said that Hardy said she’d keep quiet if he paid her millions of dollars.
He was also cleared of wrongdoing by E! after they conducted a private investigation and found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest,” NBC News reports.
Regardless, it seems like he’ll have the support of his good friend and co-host to back him up.