I do not take things for granted. Every day I am living my childhood dream because of the efforts of so many other people. I do my best to show and express my gratitude to my co-hosts, producers, guests, audiences, executives, partners and fans for the privilege of their collaboration and participation, and for the unwavering support of my loved ones and team.
In November, I received a letter from a lawyer representing a former show stylist. She claimed that I mistreated her more than a decade ago when we worked together. This arrived during an unprecedented public reckoning by women in our industry and beyond, courageously coming forward to share their stories, many of them heartbreaking. These women sought to bring attention to the systemic gender inequality that has occurred for decades. I was — and am — amazed at their bravery.
To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching. I’ve always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion. Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds. The pressures of our overflowing newsfeeds would insist on it.
I absolutely want to be part of the change, the progress, that is coming. I did not want to be a postscript of evidence of its cause.
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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Radio personality Ryan Seacrest poses for a portrait on August 30, 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia. Seacrest is Atlanta's WSTR-FM, Star 94 night DJ. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Jim Verraros, with hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, reacts to being selected to move on to the finals at the live broadcast of FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, June 19, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX*** Please Call For Usage ***
Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell at the Fox Network's TCA Summer Tour Party at The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Ca. Monday, July 22, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Brian Dunkleman, Kelly Clarkson and Ryan Seacrest at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, August 28, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX.*** Please Call For Usage ***
Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Justin Guarini, Paula Abdul, and Kelly Clarkson of American Idol backstage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini before the announcement of the winner of American Idol at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., Sept. 4, 2002. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest of 'American Idol' at the FOX 2003 Winter TCA Press Tour held at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on January 18, 2003. Photo by Barbara Binstein/ImageDirect.
Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest during 2003-2004 FOX Upfront - After Party at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universial City, Ca (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest during 2003 Teen Choice Awards - Arrivals at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest & Paris Hilton during 2003 Teen Choice Awards - Arrivals at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 26: Radio DJ, Ryan Seacrest and actress Brooke Burns pose with a Neutrogena gift bag at the 2003 Tall Pony Radio Music Awards gift lounge, outside the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, October 26, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest and Clay Aiken at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: 'American Idol' Host Ryan Seacrest during the FOX Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16, 2004 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest during 'American Idol' Season 3 - Top 12 Finalists Party - Arrivals at Pearl in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest during Barry Manilow and Jennifer Hudson Perform 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Jessica Simpson and Ryan Seacrest during Jessica Simpson Performs On Air with Ryan Seacrest at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson during Los Angeles Launch Party Hosted by Ryan Seacrest for The New Evite and Silent Auction to Benefit Rock The Vote at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Evit
Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell **EXCLUSIVE** ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Ryan Seacrest during Marg Helgenberger and Ryan Seacrest Appear at Late Show with David Letterman - January 13, 2005 at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell during 2005 Fox's 'White Hot Winter' at Meson G Restaurant in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 17: American Idol's Ryan Seacrest (L), Randy Jackson and actress Paris Hilton pose at the 'White Hot Winter on Fox' TCA Party at Meson G on January 17, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 19: Ryan Seacrest speaks on stage during the pre-inaugural Celebration of Freedom event on the Ellipse January 19, 2005 in Washington, DC. Bush will be sworn into serve his second term as President of the United States January 20. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul during Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Press Room at Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest during US Weekly & Jessica Simpson Celebrate The Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards at Element Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Ryan Seacrest during 'America's Top 40 Live' with Ryan Seacrest at CBS Studios Stage 46 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic for Us Weekly Magazine)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2935 -- Pictured: (l-r) Radio personality Ryan Seacrest during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 16, 2005 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest, host with 'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 3 Finalist, Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, Oklahoma (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell at the Central Park - The Boat House in New York City, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest and Shana Wall during Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine Celebrate The 57th Annual Emmy Awards at Mondrian in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest during 2005 West Hollywood Halloween Parade and Carnivale in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Ryan Seacrest introduces a performance by the Eurythmics at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 5 -Top 20 Finalist, Chris Daughtry, 26, from McLeansville, North Carolina and Ryan Seacrest, host *EXCLUSIVE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic for Fox Television Network)
Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson wearing Tommy Hilfiger (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) 'American Idol' Season 5 - Ryan Seacrest, host and Zac Efron *EXCLUSIVE* (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage for Fox Television Network)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest performs onstage during the American Idol Season 5 Finale on May 24, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest during 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Backstage at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Leeza Gibbons, guest, Ryan Seacrest, Eva Longoria and Marla Maples (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3313 -- Pictured: (l-r) 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 19, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest during 'Knocked Up' Los Angeles Premiere- Arrivals at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Top 2 Finalists Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ and Blake Lewis, 25, from Bothell, WA as Ryan Seacrest, host, announcing the 'American Idol' Season 6 winner (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Singer Katharine McPhee (L) and television personality Ryan Seacrest perform at the 53rd Annual Young Musicians Foundation Gala, celebrating Merv Griffin, at the Beverly Hilton hotel on October 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: Actor Robin Williams (L) and host Ryan Seacrest speak onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Idol Gives Back will air April 9, 2008 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Radio Host Ryan Seacrest arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Ryan Seacrest arrives at the 'Road To A Cure' Gala at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on December 2, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Host Ryan Seacrest in Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2009 With Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for DCPNYE)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: **Exclusive Coverage** (L-R) Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark pose during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2009 With Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DCPNYE)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: Television hosts Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest sit court side in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 113-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** (L-R) Host Ryan Seacrest and contestant Adam Lambert live on American Idol March 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The top 11 perform in front of the American Idol judges on Fox. (Photo by M Becker/American Idol 2009/Getty Images for Fox)
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ronald McDonald, Ryan Seacrest of American Idol and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear attend a toast to the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities at World Of Coca-Cola Pop Culture Room on October 24, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Host Ryan Seacrest celebrates onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2010 in Times Square on December 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/DCNYRE2010/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: TV/Radio host Ryan Seacrest arrives at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2010 at the Staples Center on May 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Julianne Hough (L) and Ryan Seacrest attend a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest attend the 'American Idol' Season 10 Press Conference at The Forum on September 22, 2010 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Seacrest speaks at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 in Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Walker/ DCNYRE2011/Getty Images for DCP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Ryan Seacrest arrives at Treats! 2011 Pre-Oscar Magazine Launch Party at Goldstein Residence on February 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dancer Julianne Hough and TV personality Ryan Seacrest attend Fox's Super Bowl XLV Pregame Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
(L-R) Jonathan Cheban, Ryan Seacrest and Khloe Kardashian pose at the iHeartRadio iPad App Launch Event at The Standard Hotel on June 6, 2011 in New York City.
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: (NO BOOK PUBLISHING) Singer Scotty McCreery (R) is announced the American Idol for 2011 onstage with Ryan Seacrest during Fox's 'American Idol 2011' finale results show held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on May 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/American Idol 2011/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Host Ryan Seacrest onstage before introducing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for his keynote address at CES 2012 during the annual Consumer Electronics Show on January 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Host Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage during the 'American Idol' panel during the FOX Broadcasting Company portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 8, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Hana Hwang and host Ryan Seacrest backstage at FOX's 'American Idol' Season 11 Top 12 Guys Live Performance Show on February 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest attend The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest leaves the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on April 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ryan Seacrest appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Host Ryan Seacrest onstage at FOX's American Idol Season 11 Top 4 To 3 Live Elimination Show on May 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Ellen K and Ryan Seacrest attend the ceremony honoring radio personality Ellen K with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on May 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ryan Seacrest -- (Photo by: Dave Hogan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest attends'American Idol' Season 12 Auditions on June 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Ryan Seacrest leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on September 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: TV personality Ryan Seacrest attends the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Seacrest host at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/DCNYRE2013/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Seacrest, Mc Hammer and Psy speak onstage at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/DCNYRE2013/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: TV Personality Ryan Seacrest and singer John Legend attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIII: (L-R) Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, host Ryan Seacrest and judge Harry Connick Jr. arrive at the AMERICAN IDOL XIII Premiere Screening and Q & A Event at UCLA's Royce Hall in West Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Ryan Seacrest attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Musician Randy Jackson (L) and host Ryan Seacrest arrive at Fox's 'American Idol XIII' finalists party held at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Ryan Seacrest attends the MOCA 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Recording artist Jennifer Lopez and tv personality Ryan Seacrest present the award for Artist of the Year onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014. (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Radio personality Ryan Seacrest attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
DIAMOND BAR, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Tv personality Ryan Seacrest at the Ford Drive 4UR School Event with Ryan Seacrest, The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation at Diamond Bar High School on November 11, 2014 in Diamond Bar, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Ford)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: TV personality Ryan Seacrest (L) and singer Ed Sheeran attend KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Ryan Seacrest poses for a portrait backstage at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2015 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images For 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 232 -- Pictured: (l-r) TV personality, Ryan Seacrest during an interview with host Seth Meyers on July 20, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend Hilary Cruz is seen out and about leaving LAX on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by HEV/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL: (L-R) AMERICAN IDOL judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick. Jr. and Ryan Seacrest. AMERICAN IDOL PREMIERES IN January on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Ryan Seacrest poses at the Sound Strategy: Why Millennials and Gen Z Are Listening More panel presented by iHeartMedia during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Times Center Stage on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for AWXII)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Ryan Seacrest attends Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 arrivals at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Host Ryan Seacrest speaks on camera at the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/DCNYRE2016/Getty Images for dcp)
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After sharing the letter with the network, I publicly denied the claims against me, and agreed to participate in any inquiry the network deemed appropriate. On Feb. 1, I received notice that an independent third party found the claims to be unsubstantiated and that there was no evidence of wrongdoing on my part.
Most of us agree that the presumption of innocence is an important standard. We are taught early on that it’s essential to see all sides, to give everyone a chance to explain and to check for exculpatory evidence that may have been missed. At a time when improper interactions between men and women, particularly in the workplace, are part of a national conversation, we must find a way to ensure that everyone — the public, private and public institutions, accusers and alleged accused — is given the opportunity for a swift and fair review.
My job is to listen. Beyond listening, which I will continue in earnest, I also will ask questions and try to help voices be heard. It isn’t lost on me that my platforms — radio, TV, social media — can be powerful conduits for change.
We all have the right to be treated equally, regardless of our gender, race, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status. We find ourselves in extraordinary times in American culture. We live with near constant change, disruption and public discourse. I realize the morals and values, the decency, we’ve perhaps taken for granted, individually and as citizens of the world, are in question. Worse, at risk. I do not take these things for granted.
Ryan Seacrest is an award-winning TV/radio host and producer, and creative entrepreneur.
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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.
Matt Lauer was fired from 'Today' after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly included giving a co-worker a sex toy and dropping his pants in front of a female employee in his office.
Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."
Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'
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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.
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Director Woody Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. She says she experienced inappropriate behavior by her adoptive father on several occasions.
Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.
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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.
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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.
Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.
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Several women accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, including groping and lewd phone calls.
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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.
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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.
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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.
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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.
Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.
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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.
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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.
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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.
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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'
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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.
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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there.
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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.
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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.
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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992.
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.
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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.
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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.
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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.
Chris Savino (right), creator of 'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.
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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.
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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.
Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.
Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.
Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.
Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went on a date with.
Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.
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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada, was accused of making repeated, unwanted propositions for dates and sex to a woman that once worked on his campaign.
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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.
David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.
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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.
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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.
A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.
Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.
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Multiple women accused producer Adam Fields of touching them inappropriately and sexually propositioning them.
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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.
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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, was accused of crossing the line with employees, including unwanted hugs.
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Singer Nick Carter was accused of rape by a former member of the all-girl teen band Dream, Melissa Schuman.
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A singer accused billionaire Richard Branson of sexual assault during an event as his Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson says he has no recollection of the matter.
Talent agent Adam Venit is accused of grabbing actor Terry Crews' genitals.
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Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson former longtime bassist, was accused of rape by singer Jessicka Addams.
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Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's editorial director was fired after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.
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Producer Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein's brother, has also been accused of sexual harassment.
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Jesse Lacey of the band, Brand New, was accused of sexual misconduct, including soliciting nude photos from a teen girl in the past.
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Senior Correspondent for E! News Ken Baker California was accused of sexual harassment by two women.
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American film director Oliver Stone was accused of groping model and actress Carrie Stevens in the 1990s.
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Reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after several women accused him of acting inappropriately when they were young journalists.
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Veteran radio host Garrison Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following claim of improper behavior.
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CNN producer Teddy Davis was fired after multiple accusations of harassment.
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Producer Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following sexual assault and harassment accusations from two women.
Longtime conductor James Levine was suspended by New York's Metropolitan Opera after sexual abuse claims.
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Dylan Howard, editor in chief of the National Enquirer, was accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees, including forcing them to watch porn and openly discussing his sexual partners.
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in a lawsuit filed in December.
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Chef Mario Batali has been accused by multiple women of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades."
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PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley's show was suspended amid misconduct allegations made against him.
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was fired from his job as an ESPN contributor amid accusations of sexual harassment by a wardrobe stylist at the network.
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Sen. Jeff Klein (D-New York), was accused of forcibly kissing a former female staffer back in 2015.
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Ross Levinsohn, Los Angeles Times CEO and publisher, has reportedly been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and would rate the "hotness" of his female colleagues, according to a report by NPR.
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A woman accused magician David Copperfield of drugging, sexually assaulting her when she was teen model in the 80s, according to The Wrap.
James Franco was accused by several women of sexually inappropriate behavior. He was also criticized for wearing a "Time's Up" pin to the Golden Globes hours before the accusations against him surfaced.
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Barry Lubin, also known as Grandma the clown, resigned from Big Apple Circus after admitting to pressuring a 16-year-old girl into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.
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Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez was fired amid troubling off-field allegations. His former administrative assistant says Rodriguez inappropriately grabbed and touched her.
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President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of sexual assault by pro-Trump singer Joy Villa. She claims he hit her on the buttocks during an event at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of peple. The Wall Street Journal the casino mogul regularly pressured employees to perform sex acts.
Music exec and 'The Four' judge Charlie Walk was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith penned an open letter about Walk in January claiming he sent her lewd comment and cornered her in the bedroom he shared with his wife.
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Several women filed sexual harassment complaints against Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, according to the Washington Post.
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Actor Scott Baio, was accused of molesting is former 'Charles in Charge' co-star Nicole Eggert when she was a minor.