Ryan Seacrest is the king of the red carpet. But did you know that he ruled the Oscars red carpet, not once, but two times this year? That’s right, Ryan Seacrest appeared on both ABC and E!s Oscar red carpet pre-show Sunday evening. The 44-year-old American Idol host first kicked off the night on E! where he co-hosted alongside Giuliana Rancic.
For the big night, he wore his personal Ryan Seacrest Distinction Clothing- a floral black and maroon tuxedo jacket paired with black pants and a bowtie and Jimmy Choo shoes. Seacrest also sported some facial hair for the big night! Giuliana was shining on the red carpet too. She was wearing Kelly Ng, Dena Kemp jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoes.
If we know anything about Seacrest, it is that he is one of the most famous multitaskers in the world. Besides showing up on E!’s red carpet, Ryan also made an appearance on ABC’s Oscars Live on the Red Carpet special. Seacrest made the leap between channels after finishing his work on E! and he was just in time for the last 30 minutes of ABC’s show where he spoke to a number of big stars, including Allison Janney and Rami Malek.
Of course, viewers at home were focused as always, so they shared their fascination with Ryan’s hosting skills. “Ryan Seacrest doing double duty and not changing his blazer is so our time right now. Two channels, one blazer,” a user wrote on Twitter. “Ryan Seacrest stays booked!” another tweeted. “I just realized @RyanSeacrest is doing interviews for #ERedCarpet & ABC. This man does everything,” a third one said on Twitter.
Maria Menounos, Elaine Welteroth, Ashley Graham and Billy Porter were also hosting ABC’s red carpet. And while Seacrest and Rancic reported from their side, The Real co-host Jeannie Mai, fashion expert Kahlana Barfield Brown, E! News style correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi and CFDA fashion designer and Bravo’s Project Runway star Christian Siriano provided insights about Oscars night from The Roosevelt Hotel.
There was also a bird’s eye view of all the action; as promised, E! News correspondent Kristin Dos Santos was joined by film expert and host of Will Packer’s Power Star Live Xilla Valentine on the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Rooftop. Finally, Frederick Joseph, the founder of We Have Stories, made a special appearance to discuss the #CaptainMarvelChallenge fundraiser, a philanthropic enterprise to help get young girls to see Marvel Studios’ first female-led Captain Marvel.
Ryan Seacrest: The King of Red Carpet
The Grammys, the Globes, the Oscars have a few things in common. First of all, these are the events that gather all major celebrities on their red carpets. Also, these events would be much different without Ryan Seacrest chatting up our favorite stars on the preshow. The media mogul has been asking some of the biggest names in Hollywood what they’re wearing since 2006.
Ryan Seacrest was recently spotted at Naeem Khan’s spring Studio runway show during New York Fashion Week. Seacrest, who was fashionable as always, is also in charge of his own Ryan Seacrest Distinction collection, sold exclusively at Macy’s.
Ryan has been asking the famous “who are you wearing” question for so long, and he admitted that he’s seen this question evolve over the years. “It’s a little less deliberate than it was many many, years ago when I first started,” he said. “It’s really up to the artists’ comfort level what they want to talk about. If they want to tell us what they’re wearing that’s fine and if they don’t that’s fine too.”
Seacrest has been hosting from the red carpet for decades now, so he might be able to answer this question and name a dress without even asking, “I’ll do my best to see if I recognize something,” he said.
At the Naeem Khan show, Ryan was seated in the front row along with Debra Messing. They posed together at the start of the runway display at Gallery I at Spring Studios.
Ryan Seacrest and Celebrities at the Oscars
As always, Ryan Seacrest chatted with a number of A-list celebrities at the Oscars. One of them was Regina King, who officially became the queen of the leg slit! The If Beale Street Could Talk star looked fabulous in a white Oscar de la Renta strapless gown at the 2019 Oscars. Regina said that she chose this designer for a very specific reason, “I just felt like this film is about the fabric of America, the pieces, the threads of America, and Oscar de la Renta is an American designer, and I just felt it was appropriate,” she told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.
As a reminder, Angelina Jolie almost broke the internet in 2012 when she arrived at the Oscars in a black Atelier Versace gown that showed off most of her right leg. Jolie’s leg-forward pose became known as The Angelina, and it made her even more of an icon. Regina gave her best Angelina pose on the red carpet but she also owned it!
Seacrest also spoke to Awkwafina, who starred in one of the biggest box office hits of 2018. However, it wasn’t until she featured on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? that made her really popular. The Crazy Rich Asians talked to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet of the 2019 Oscars, where she described the moment her name popped up as an answer to a question on the popular game show. “I screamed!” Awkwafina told Seacrest. “I screamed one scream that went on for like five to six minutes. I was incorrigible. I couldn’t believe it.”
Glenn Close was also among the stars who were happy to speak to Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet. The legendary Hollywood actress was nominated for the Best Actress at the 2019 Oscars for her role in The Wife. Close opened up to Seacrest about her new friendship with fellow nominee Lady Gaga’s mom, Cynthia Germanotta.
“I think I met Cynthia at the Bring Change to Mind Gala for my foundation that is against the stigma around mental illness. They do wonderful work with Gaga’s foundation and they are just really good people,” Glenn told Ryan in an exclusive red carpet interview. She also revealed that she made to Lady Gaga’s family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, on the Upper West Side in New York.
The 71-year-old performer looked absolutely stunning in a gold Carolina Herrera, which weighed 42 pounds! “You have to feel it!” Close told Seacrest. “It’s like molten gold!” The dress featured more than three million glass bugle beads applied to an inner gown corset, which was assembled in New York and Mumbai, with the help of more than 40 craftsmen.
American Idol Special
ABC set a half-hour promotional special American Idol: A New Journey Begins that aired before the Oscars. ABC also aired a musical performance that featured auditionees from the upcoming premiere episode and featuring Ryan Seacrest that aired during the live broadcast of the 91st Oscars.
In American Idol: A New Journey Begins, Ryan Seacrest sits down with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to discuss the Season 2 of the series and share a preview of this year’s talents. The panel also answered fan questions and shared some behind-the-scenes secrets.
As announced before, American Idol returns for Season 2 on Sunday, March 3 at 8 PM with returning judges Bryan, Perry, Richie and host Ryan Seacrest. Bobby Brown will take on the role of in-house mentor. The show is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment.
Live With Kelly and Ryan Oscars Takeover
Kelly Ripa recently stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest where she talked about the 2019 Oscars and recalled the one time she drank too much tequila backstage at the awards show.
As a reminder, each year, Kelly and Ryan head to the Oscars, where they interview the stars and chat with them the morning after to continue the celebration with Live’s After Oscar Show.
“I will say this, actors love tequila apparently,” Kelly told Ryan, and revealed that she keeps tequila with her backstage while interviewing the stars as they come off the stage after accepting their award. “If one comes back, and says they have tequila backstage, then people will come backstage and they’re like, ‘I heard there was tequila behind this curtain?’ And then there we are with a camera and I’m like. ‘Yeah, you can have tequila, but you have to sit here and talk to us.’ And you’d be surprised how many are so desperate for a drink that they’re like, ‘OK, I don’t normally do press, but OK I need a cocktail.’”
But Hollywood celebrities aren’t the only ones who love tequila. Kelly joked she learned about the dangers of this drink the hard way. “I think it was two years ago we were going shot-for-shot with the actors,” Kelly said. “I realized four actors in that I was very drunk and I had an entire night ahead of me. We were still on Supporting Actor and I was nine sheets to the wind!”
As for Live with Kelly and Ryan, the famous co-hosts hit the stage at the Dolby Theater just hours after the Academy Awards. During the show, the first person a winner saw after leaving the stage was Ripa. “There’s nobody happier to see you in the universe than a person who’s just won an Academy Award,” Ripa said before the show. After the ceremony is over, the work begins. “There’s no sleeping,” Ripa said. “You can go to parties, which we used to do. Last year, I didn’t go to any parties, and I have to say it was my favorite Academy Awards. It really was.”
Michael Gelman, executive producer, and his crew have just a few hours to get ready. “It’s just me and the cleaning crew here at the Dolby Theater, but in just a few hours, the seats will be filled,” Gelman said. “When we interview celebrities on Live! in our New York studio, it’s a pretty relaxed situation,” he added. “On the red carpet, they’re a bit nervous, on pins and needles, but also celebratory, for most of them, this is a dream come true.”
As the celebrations continue, the seats get filled for the Oscar after-party. “We have some of the winners come the morning after who have been up all night,” Seacrest said. “Now that’s a kick as well, when they haven’t slept and maybe had a few champagnes to celebrate. They’re still riding on an amazing high from the win,” Seacrest was honest and added, “They are thrilled to be up all night, to be honest with you, and really they just want to show off that little statue.”
Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa are real professionals. They have been in showbusiness for years now, and they have their own ways of doing things. “Getting ready for the Oscars is a little bit nerve-racking and a little bit indecisive, especially in terms of looking the part,” Ripa revealed. “It’s truly a team of people helping you get ready, and I really have no idea what I look like until I see pictures the next day.”
Although he has hosted more carpets than he can count, Seacrest admits he still gets a bit nervous. “There’s a little bit of pressure to get it right for the Oscars because you’re on the red carpet; not as an honoree or a nominee, but as someone who’s going to be talking with them and in the same shot with them, so you want to look like you kind of fit in,” he said. “We try to make sure the tuxedo fits, that the sleeves aren’t too long, that the pants are hemmed! So it’s exciting, and I’m always trying to change it up each year since we’ve been out there for so many years. This year I think I’ve done that!”
As the big night begins, Kelly starts feeling the excitement. “’Electric’ really is the best way to describe the evening’s energy. The winners walk off the stage in this state where they’ve just realized that their life’s dream has come true, but they’re not quite fully in their bodies,” the All My Children vet says. “You can ask an Oscar winner anything 30 seconds after they’ve just won, and they’ll answer you honestly. Having said that, they often don’t remember bumping into me backstage later on at the parties, they have no memories of seeing me.”
And after the show ends at 9 PM, the team holds a production meeting to make plans for the next day’s show. “After weeks of preparation and the tension of not knowing what is even possible for our show, the Oscars are over and the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place,” Gelman says. At midnight, the Oscars team passes everything over to the Live! crew, who starts blocking out the show, and getting down to the “nitty gritty.”
At 3:30 AM, the audience arrives at the Hollywood Bowl for transportation to the Dolby Theater for the show. “It’s amazing, because the way that the Dolby Theatre is built, the audience is from the floor to the ceiling; they’re stacked up the whole way to the top,”Ryan Seacrest said. “It’s pretty incredible to see the balcony levels as well. I have to say, when I start to think about it like this, it makes me nervous!”
“I don’t drink a lot of coffee that evening to avoid a caffeine crash but I have started taking anti-inflammatories, like Advil or Aleve, before the show for my feet, which I didn’t do for years and suffered,” Ripa said “I try to have a sensible meal for lunch and I do have candy backstage, so I guess I’m running a bit on sugar?”
Meanwhile, Seacrest has already started drinking his cup of coffee when he gets there: “It’s then transferred into a to-go cup, which keeps it warm but not hot. About 5:20 AM, I transfer it into my Live with Kelly and Ryan mug. I finish it at 5:30 and then I go on-air with just H20!”
This year, Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa have outdone themselves. The Live with Kelly and Ryan co-hosts recreated a scene from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s film A Star Is Born. The duo presented their homage a day after 91st Academy Awards.
In the sketch, Ripa emulated Gaga’s Ally as she wears a brown wig and a white rocker T-shirt, while Seacrest sports long locks and a full beard, just like Jack does in the movie.