Ryan Seacrest back as host of ‘Idol’

ABC re­viv­ing tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY FRA­ZIER MOORE

Seacrest in!

Ryan Seacrest will be back host­ing “Amer­i­can Idol’’ when it re­turns for its first sea­son on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the an­nounce­ment on Thurs­day’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,’’ which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.

“I am happy to con­firm ... that Ryan Seacrest is re­turn­ing as the host of ‘Amer­i­can Idol,’’’ said Ripa as the stu­dio au­di­ence whooped.

Seacrest said he was ex­cited to be do­ing it again.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a 15-year re­la­tion­ship and then, for a rea­son that you re­ally don’t know, you break up,’’ he said. “I thought, ‘Gosh, it would be great to get back to­gether at some point.’’’

Seacrest had a grand his­tory with “Idol’’ dur­ing its smash-hit run on Fox from 2002 through 2016. Re­claim­ing that job now gives him an ad­di­tional role in the Dis­ney fam­ily, which owns ABC and pro­duces the syn­di­cated “Live.’’

His po­ten­tial re­turn to “Idol’’ had sparked much spec­u­la­tion since ABC an­nounced in May that it would re­vive the tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion. The pro­gram airs from Los An­ge­les and “Live’’ airs week­day morn­ings from New York. But the 42-year-old Seacrest is no stranger to a packed work sched­ule and cross-coun­try flights.

“You can have all the tick­ets you want,’’ he told Ripa, “and you can come back and forth with me any week­end.’’

Seacrest will also con­tinue his syn­di­cated Los An­ge­les morn­ing­drive-time ra­dio show, as well as a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated Top 40 ra­dio show, from his iHeart­Media stu­dio in the same Man­hat­tan com­plex where “Live’’ is tele­cast. He also hosts and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces ABC’s an­nual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,’’ and is a busy pro­ducer of se­ries in which he doesn’t ap­pear, in­clud­ing “Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans’’ and its many spin-offs.

ABC En­ter­tain­ment Pres­i­dent Chan­ning Dungey called Seacrest’s tal­ent “lim­it­less, and I can’t think of a more ap­pro­pri­ate per­son to hon­our the ‘Idol’ legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.’’

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