- Taraji P. Henson is one of the few Hollywood stars interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet to take a dig at him following the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
- The actress told him, “The universe has a way of taking care of the good people,” then flicked his chin.
- Henson has since said that her comments were “misconstrued” and she “absolutely” supports Seacrest.
Ryan Seacrest did his usual red carpet coverage of the Oscars on Sunday for E!, but there was some controversy over that decision this year, as sexual misconduct allegations are hanging over his head.
Seacrest was on the red carpet starting at 5 p.m. ET interviewing stars and getting big names like Oscar nominees Allison Janney and Mary J. Blige to come and talk to him. But he wasn’t able to escape some shade from Taraji P. Henson.
While being interviewed by Seacrest, the actress answered a question by saying, “You know what, the universe has a way of taking care of the good people, you know what I mean?” Then she flicked his chin. While she wasn’t overtly mentioning the allegations against Seacrest, her look and tone clearly conveyed what she was talking about.
Seacrest answered by saying, “I agree.”
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— TV Guide (@TVGuide) March 5, 2018
The little dig is certain to make headlines as so far Henson is the only star to seemingly address the accusations against Seacrest.
Before Seacrest went on air Sunday on the Oscars red carpet, a report surfaced that E! would be on a 30-second delay to make sure to catch anything shocking that could be said to Seacrest. However, a network spokesperson denied the report, and said it was “business as usual.”
Here are some of the reactions to Henson’s comment on Twitter:
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) March 5, 2018
— Melissa Malamut (@melissamalamut) March 5, 2018
UPDATE: Later Sunday evening, Henson was asked by People about her comments to Seacrest, which instantly went viral. She said that her comments were “misconstrued” and she “absolutely” supports him. But what was with that whole flicking his chin thing about?
“I did it to keep his chin up,” she told People. “It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything.”
Seacrest also tweeted this on Sunday, thanking Henson for coming by to see him on the red carpet.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 5, 2018