Credit: Seacrest: Ray Mickshaw/; Griffin: Barry King/

(at right) tells the New York Post she’s miffed about being dropped from E!’s Golden Globes coverage; she says she only found out she’d been axed because her lawyer called the cable channel and asked if she’d be needed for the show, which is in about three weeks. She said the network told her not to take it personally, but that she’ll understand once E! reveals the secret name of its new red-carpet hire.

Meanwhile, today’s Variety announces that E! has hired Ryan Seacrest (like he doesn’t have enough on his plate) to anchor its daily newscast — and to walk the red carpet. This has to add insult to injury for Griffin; some will remember that three years ago at the American Music Awards, they were presenting together when Seacrest (at left) embarrassed her by ripping open her blouse on live TV.

Now, I don’t mind the notion of Seacrest as E!’s news anchor, though I guess he’ll have to let Giuliana DePandi cover all the American Idol stories in order to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. But on the red carpet? He’s so obsequious that he’ll make former E! carpet queen Star Jones look like, well, Kathy Griffin. Besides, Seacrest has a deal in place to replace the ailing Dick Clark as the host of the annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (they’re splitting the duty this year), the same Clark who produces the Globes telecast. Think Seacrest is going to do anything to irk the icon who’s named him his heir apparent? If E!’s not going to keep Griffin, can’t they at least find someone irreverent to walk the red carpet with Seacrest? Help ’em out and offer your suggestions below.

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