On Thursday’s show, Ripa took a serious tone when she addressed Seacrest early on the show.
“I just want you to know you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you, and I am speaking on behalf of all of us here,” she said. “I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day. And we love you.”
Seacrest replied, hugging her, “You are happiness.”
“There has never been any ill words spoken to me about him,” he said. “He’s never been mean. With women, there’s so many females that work with us. … I never once heard anyone say that he’s done anything to make them feel uncomfortable — that he’s been mean to them, that they wanted to leave their job because of him.”
“Much has been said about the #MeToo and Times Up movement(s) and the importance of providing women and men with the opportunity to share their stories of workplace misconduct, in an effort to change our culture and the systemic inequalities that exist,” he said, in part.. “I absolutely support this cause unequivocally and applaud all the brave souls who have come forward to share their stories.”
Seacrest continued, “This person who has accused me of horrible things tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted.” He concluded, “I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth, but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing and put the matter to rest.”