Ryan Seacrest's former 'American Idol' co-host Brian Dunkleman calls him out amid harassment scandal

Ryan Seacrest's former "American Idol" co-host Brian Dunkleman called him out on Twitter amid Seacrest's ongoing sexual harassment scandal.

On Saturday, in a tweet that went curiously under the radar ahead of the 2018 Oscars, Dunkleman alluded to the allegations against Seacrest -- which he has continuously denied -- in very thinly-veiled language.

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"Even sadder than pushing someones head in your crotch while they tie your shoes is anyone over the age of 5 having someone tie their shoes," Dunkleman wrote.

Suzie Hardy, a former E! stylist who worked with Seacrest for years, accused her former colleague of sexual harassment in the workplace, including an instance during which she alleges that while she was tying Seacrest's shoes, he pushed her face onto his penis while he was wearing underwear.

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Ryan Starr (left) and Tamyra Gray (right) with hosts Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest (rear) 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 ***
Brian Dunkleman, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest 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, host, 'American Idol' during Fox Broadcasting Summer 2002 Press Tour - Day 2 at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman and Nikki McKibbin at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Tuesday, August 27, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX.*** Please Call For Usage ***
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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)
Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman & 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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Brian Dunkleman & guest during 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' Premiere - Los Angeles - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman and guest during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Pairings Reception at Royal Plantation Golf and Spa Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Pat O'Brien and Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - After-Party at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Brian Dunkleman and Christina Walkinshaw during Comedian Brian Dunkleman Performs at The Ice House - October 6, 2004 at The Ice House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman during Comedian Brian Dunkleman Performs at The Ice House - October 6, 2004 at The Ice House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: Actor Brian Dunkleman arrives at Ladies Home Journal's 'Funny Ladies We Love' at the Cabana Club on February 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Host Brian Dunkleman attends the 6th Annual Toscar Awards at the Egyptian Theatre on February 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 23: Comedian Brian Dunkleman performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: TV personality Brian Dunkleman speaks onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the pressromm at FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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The former television personality also retweeted a Mashable tweet about Taraji P. Henson's comment to Seacrest that was initially read as shading him. He later quoted Seacrest's "almost showtime" tweet ahead of the Oscars red carpet and asked, "How's it going so far?"

Dunkleman, who hosted the first season of "Idol" alongside Seacrest for its first season, fired off the tweet one day ahead of the 90th Annual Academy Awards, before which Seacrest controversially manned E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet" coverage. Despite many calling for E! to sideline their go-to red carpet host, the network has remained firmly behind Seacrest, who also co-created one of the network's most successful shows of all-time, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

The network launched an internal third party investigation into Hardy's accusations at the end of last year and found no evidence of wrongdoing on Seacrest's part.

On the red carpet, none of the stars nominated for Best Actress stopped to talk to Seacrest, which never would've happened in previous years. The "Live With Kelly and Ryan" star asked celebrities who did stop to talk to him a grand total of zero questions about #MeToo and Time's Up, both of which had dominated the conversation around the awards season leading up to the Oscars.

Likely as a result of the controversy around the allegations against him, Seacrest's red carpet coverage saw a stunning 43% drop in ratings from 2017.

In addition to his fiery tweet, Dunkleman is also the subject of a growing online Care2 petition calling for him to replace Seacrest as the host of the upcoming revival of "American Idol" on ABC -- the same network that aired both the Academy Awards and "Live." The petition has over 4,600 of its 5,000 signature goal.

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Suzie Hardy, stylist for Ryan Seacrest during Tracy Paul & Company 2007 Oscar Suite - Day Two at Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for Tracy Paul & Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Founder of the Pussycat Dolls Robin Antin and stylist Suzie Hardy attend Reebok 2009 Collection Preview at STK on November 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
Suzie Hardy, stylist for Ryan Seacrest during Tracy Paul & Company 2007 Oscar Suite - Day Two at Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for Tracy Paul & Company)
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