Awkward Ryan Seacrest Moments That Made Us Cringe
Ryan Seacrest recently made millions of American Idol viewers uncomfortable with a shocking on-air blunder. For about 30 seconds, he carried out a private, fairly awkward conversation with Katy Perry, having no idea the show was back from commercial.
This was hardly the first time Seacrest made viewers feel second-hand embarrassment due to on-air slip-up or tense exchange, especially since he works so often on live television. Some of Seacrest’s most cringe-worthy moments like the one with Perry must now also be viewed in a different light given that he has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Here’s a look at some awkward Ryan Seacrest moments that really made us cringe, including that now legendary gaffe with Katy Perry (page 5).
1. When he tried to high five a blind man
Back in Season 8 of American Idol, blind contestant Scott McIntyre impressed the judges and made it through to Hollywood. As he exited the audition room and celebrated with his family, Seacrest wanted to congratulate him.
But he clearly forgot that McIntyre was blind, and so he goes for a high five. After a moment, we can sense Seacrest’s horror as he realizes what just happened, and so he tries to play it off by grabbing McIntyre’s hand. The cringe was almost too much to handle.
Next: Seacrest makes the exact mistake all interviewers fear.
2. When he got Jeffrey Tambor confused with another actor
When Jeffrey Tambor came on Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2017, Seacrest made the mistake that all interviewers fear making: confusing the interview subject with somebody else.
Seacrest told Tambor, “To me, you’re the scary guy on the subway from Ghost.” But Tambor isn’t in Ghost; that’s another actor named Vincent Schiavelli, who died in 2005.
This was such a mortifying mistake that Tambor actually felt bad for Seacrest. “Oh this is horrible,” Tambor said. “You’re going to be embarrassed. That’s not me.” Seacrest could only respond, “Oh gosh.”
Next: Seacrest had this cringe-worthy exchange with Simon Cowell.
3. When he got into a fight with Simon Cowell
There have been plenty of tense moments between Seacrest and Simon Cowell on American Idol, but things got particularly heated in Season 10. The first notable incident was when Cowell criticized a singer’s dancing, and Seacrest asked him why he had such a problem with it.
Cowell was clearly annoyed that Seacrest was questioning him, asking, “Do you want me to talk to you or talk to Mike?” Seacrest immediately got serious, telling Cowell, “I’m actually trying to help him out a little bit, buddy.”
The next show, Cowell called out Seacrest on his “aggressive behavior last night.” Cowell then asked him, “Do you want my job?” Seacrest said he was comfortable with his job and tried to move on as quickly as possible.
Next: This actress told Seacrest that he just asked a “ridiculous question.”
4. When Scarlett Johansson called him out at the Oscars
On the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars, Ryan Seacrest interviewed Scarlett Johansson, who was set to present that night. He asked her, “Do you actually wear the shoes that you are wearing tonight for the rehearsal?”
Johansson was not at all amused that this was all that Seacrest was interested in. She responded, “What a ridiculous question.”
Seacrest tried to recover by saying that he read that Halle Berry did. Johansson responded, “Oh yeah? Well, I did not.”
Next: The American Idol blunder that immediately made headlines.
5. His conversation with Katy Perry that he didn’t realize was live
During American Idol Season 16, things got seriously weird when Seacrest did not realize the show was back on the air. Seacrest chats with Perry, first telling her that her mom’s pretty, then adding, “You are too. But you’re not a mom.” Perry responds, “Not yet.” Then Seacrest says, “Do you wanna talk about it?”
In light of the sexual harassment allegations against Seacrest, some interpreted this as him saying he would help her out with getting pregnant. To others, it seemed like Seacrest might know that Perry is pregnant (something that is not public knowledge) and he was, therefore, asking her if she wanted help announcing this on the show.
Either way, the whole thing was really weird. It got even more awkward the instant Seacrest realizes he’s been on the air all this time and tries to play it off like he isn’t completely mortified.
Next: This actress brought up the Seacrest allegations at the Oscars.
6. When Taraji P. Henson referenced his harassment allegations
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Seacrest came to light right before the 2018 Oscars, yet E! kept him hosting the red carpet. This resulted in a pretty weird night in which Seacrest didn’t get as many celebrity interviews as he normally would and the ones he got were all ignoring the elephant in the room.
But one celebrity did not ignore it: Taraji P. Henson. While talking to Seacrest and touching him on the chin, Henson said, “The universe has a way of taking care of the good people. You know what I mean?” It was pretty obvious that Henson was referencing the scandal, and many interpreted this as her suggesting he’s not a good person and was getting what he deserved.
Actually, it turned out to be the opposite; Henson later said that she was being supportive and telling Seacrest to keep his chin up. But either way, seeing Henson bring up this thing that Seacrest was clearly praying nobody would bring up made for a painful few moments.
Next: This moment on Live had unfortunate unintended implications.
7. When Kelly Ripa joked about helping him put his shoes on
During a February 2018 episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Seacrest seemed to be having trouble getting his shoes back on. Kelly Ripa asked him, “Sweetie, do you want me to put your shoes back on for you? I’m a mom, I can do that.”
As she said this, she briefly started to lean down to do it. Seacrest responded, “During the break.” Seacrest then got out from behind the desk and dramatically tried to get his shoes back on his feet.
This normally wouldn’t be that weird except that it had very recently come out that Seacrest’s ex-stylist was accusing him of sexual harassment, saying he would sometimes push her head towards his crotch while she was tying his shoes. So naturally, this bit about helping Seacrest with his shoes had some unfortunate unintended implications.
Next: This interview with Ariana Grande went quite poorly.
8. His awkward interview with Ariana Grande
When Seacrest interviewed Ariana Grande in 2016, he tried to get more information out of her about her relationship with Mac Miller. But she clearly was not interested in saying anything and was kind of annoyed with the line of questioning. Seacrest first commented that Grande had recently confirmed her relationship with Miller via an Instagram post, and she sarcastically shot back, “Oh, is that what I did?”
After they argued back and forth a bit, Seacrest directly asked if she was confirming the relationship, and Grande responded, “If I post something, then that’s what I’m willing to share at the moment. That doesn’t mean that then you, Ryan Seacrest, with millions of listeners, are entitled to more information.”
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