An E! investigation into allegations of misconduct by Ryan Seacrest has found “insufficient evidence to support the claims” against the popular on-air personality, the cable channel said in a statement released Thursday.
“E! has now concluded the investigation into allegations regarding Ryan Seacrest,” a network spokesperson said. “The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest and therefore could not be substantiated. E! is committed to providing a safe working environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”
NBCUniversal-owned E! launched an investigation in November into alleged misconduct by Seacrest. The claim stemmed from an alleged incident reported by a former stylist who worked at E! News when Seacrest also worked there. The incident, the details of which remain unknown, was alleged to have occurred roughly a decade ago.
In a statement in November, Seacrest said, “Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her. If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result. I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be. I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.”
A representative for Seacrest responded to a request for comment by referring to the host’s November statement.
Seacrest currently co-hosts “Live With Kelly and Ryan” weekday mornings on ABC and, will serve as host on network’s upcoming revival of “American Idol,” which is currently filming.