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There were not many surprises at the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.
As expected, The Shape of Water won Best Picture and Frances McDormand won Best Actress, for example.
But the real action took place ahead of the annual show, as E! decided to let Ryan Seacrest interview celebrities on the red carpet…
… despite some sexual harassment allegations having been leveled against the omnipresent host.
(A former stylist claims Seacrest made inappropriate remarks at her and took inappropriate actions with her, such as pushing her head toward his crotch at one point.)
Seacrest did not land nearly as many pre-Oscars interviews as normal, with many stars shunning him on the red carpet out of respect for the #MeToo movement.
But Taraji P. Henson did choose to speak to Seacrest.
And she also chose to destroy him on live television.
After being asked a question by Seacrest, Henson smirked at the possibly shady man in front of her and replied:
“The universe has a way of taking care of taking care of good people,” she said, as she touched the E! host on the chin. “You know what I mean?”
Seacrest said that he agreed, while social media unanimously agreed that Henson had just completely torched Seacrest on his very own show.
A few users pointed to Henson giving Seacrest a hug after the interview as proof that they are no hard feelings.
And Henson later told People Magazine, amidst chatter that she dissed Seacrest during their chat, specifically with the way she touched his face:
“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything."
Later, Seacrest addressed the situation on Twitter, writing that he had “nothing but love for his friend” and thanking her for “hanging out with us on the E! Red Carpet.”
Are you buying this, though?
Just watch this exchange!
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Empire returned from its lengthy hiatus last night, but it appears most of the drama is taking place on the set as opposed to the show.
The 46-year-old was allegedly feuding so badly with series star, Taraji P. Henson that producers had to look at alternative ways to film scenes between the pair because things got out of hand.
So, what caused the feud?
Apparently, Nia was not very nice to the hair and makeup folks working on the juggernaut. It even resulted in them filing a complaint because she was so difficult to work with.
It’s deplorable to appear on a show of any caliber and act like you own everyone, so if this turns out to be true, it’s horrid.
Empire has become the go-to show for big celebrities to appear on the small screen. This season alone we’ve already had the likes of Remy Ma, Taye Diggs, Mariah Carey and Rumer Willis.
Eva Longoria and Demi Moore are slated to appear in the coming episodes, but hair and makeup crew have never lodged a complaint about anyone else on the show.
Nia’s actions must have been horrible for them to even think of complaining about her, but she was apparently being rude and changing her mind about her look at the last minute.
Taraji apparently got wind of the way Nia was treating the staff and was not having any of it. Rightfully so. Taraji has been part of the show for over two years, so she probably looks at the staff members as really close friends.
In another incident, Nia threatened to sue the show when she did not get a goodbye after her final scene was filmed. In the world of Empire, the assistant director generally thanks the cast member for their final scene.
Disaster had struck the set when Terrence Howard took an allergic reaction, and everyone was busy helping him out. Either that or the A.D. did not think much of Nia’s attitude and did not care about wishing her well and just wanted her off the set.
We’ll probably never know, but Long was apparently chanting that she had it as part of her contract that the A.D. would thank her after her final scene, so she said she was suing the show as she departed.
TMZ spoke to one actor on the show who revealed they would never dream of working with the actress in the future.
As you can probably expect, Nia’s representatives have refuted the claims.
“We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard.”
“We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight.”
Did anyone expect her reps to confirm their client was difficult to work with? The comment about the show’s return was a bit of a stretch.
Empire is one of the only shows that does not need to create fake news to thrive.
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Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long were at each other’s throats on the set of “Empire” in such a big way … producers almost had to shoot the scenes they were in together … separately. Multiple production sources tell TMZ, Nia was extremely rude to…