Sets up 30-sec. delay to protect Ryan Seacrest

Handsome couple Kelly was joined by husband Mark Consuelos who looked sharp in a navy suit

The American Idol host has been a fixture on the Oscars red carpet for E! for several years now, interviewing Hollywood's best as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. News from 2007 to 2013 - accused Seacrest of multiple incidents of sexual harassment and assault.

Their conversation began with a discussion of Seacrest's hosting of E!'s Oscars red carpet pre-show this Sunday.

Some of the industry's top stars have been advised by their publicists to avoid speaking with Seacrest on the red carpet, according to reports.

So much for "Live" at the red carpet. She said it's been great to see the song become an anthem for so many causes.

Spencer told Seacrest he looked handsome but did not do an interview. "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson also had a conversation with him and told him she'd see him in NY.

"Ultimately, my name was cleared", Seacrest said in a statement.

The cabler, however, won't confirm the delay, instead insisting it's "business as usual" on the carpet.

A delay of 30 seconds was being considered, Deadline reported Sunday morning, to allow "plenty of time" should Seacrest have an awkward moment with any talent attending the annual ceremony over the resurfaced misconduct accusations brought by his former wardrobe stylist.

Seacrest has denied the allegations, claiming he's the victim of a shakedown.

On Wednesday's show, co-host Kelly Ripa made a quip at Seacrest's expense, asking: "What is going on?"

'He has not been to trial for anything, ' the 27-year-old said. But the way she spoke to Seacrest, as she reached up to brush his chin, seemed just slightly sinister: "The universe has a way of taking care of the good people, you know what I mean?" "I don't think any smart person would". He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge.

"Usually Ryan is the one you want. but there are so many outlets on that carpet, why risk it? I am not a jury ... that is where this stuff gets tricky".

"This is not about his guilt or innocence", Tarana continued. "It's about there being an accusation that's alive, and until they sort [it] out, it's really on E!" News and shouldn't be on us ... News over issues of pay inequality and the "Silver Linings Playbook" star believes the network are still dodging the issue.

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