New series for Idol host
Seacrest has signed a deal to remain as the host of American Idol. Seacrest, 37, (pictured) has agreed to a two-year extension to his contract in a rumoured $US30 million ($A29.18 million) deal. He has been involved with the US talent show since it first hit TV screens in 2002. ‘‘For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with American Idol to continue. The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working Idol crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job.’’ Recent speculation had Seacrest following in Simon Cowell’s footsteps and leaving the show. It was even claimed former judge Cowell was eager to sign Seacrest for his rival US TV show The X Factor.