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No, Apparently Taraji P. Henson DIDN'T Shade Ryan Seacrest At The Oscars

"I did it to keep his chin up."

You probably already know by now that last night it was the Oscars, and one of the many stars in attendance was Taraji P. Henson.

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And Ryan Seacrest was hosting on the red carpet after he was cleared of sexual harassment allegations.


Seacrest’s former stylist, Suzie Hardy, recently accused Seacrest of sexual harassment – claims which were supported by another former employee of E!. However, after E! conducted their own "extremely comprehensive and thorough" investigation into the claims, they concluded that there was "insufficient evidence" to support them, and so allowed Ryan to continue with his red carpet duties.

However, when Taraji stopped to speak to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, people took her comments as a reference to the allegations against him.

Holy shit Taraji just put a curse on Ryan Seacrest 😂

She said, "You know what, the universe has a way of taking care of the good people, you know what I mean?"

In fact, people thought Taraji shaded Seacrest a second time when she made this comment after moving on to her next interview.

"I'm great now that I'm in your company." --Taraji P. Henson to the interviewer who talked to her right after Ryan Seacrest

However, Taraji denied shading Seacrest, telling People that her comments were “misconstrued” and that she "absolutely" supports Seacrest.

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"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."

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And videos soon emerged of the rest of the interview, where Taraji hugged Ryan while saying, "Always good to see you, I'll see you in New York."

The rest of the Taraji P. Henson & Ryan Seacrest interview that people are acting like didn’t happen #oscars

Ryan also tweeted, calling Taraji his friend and thanking her for stopping to talk to him on the red carpet.

Nothing but love for my friend @TherealTaraji. Thanks for hanging out with us on the #ERedCarpet! #Oscars

BuzzFeed have contacted representatives of Taraji P. Henson for comment.

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