Ryan Seacrest back as host of Idol when it re­turns

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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. Seacrest has a long his­tory with “Idol” dur­ing its smash-hit run on Fox from 2002 through 2016. Re­claim­ing that job gives him an ad­di­tional role in the Dis­ney fam­ily, which owns ABC and pro­duces the syn­di­cated “Live.” Seacrest’s po­ten­tial re­turn to “Idol” had sparked much spec­u­la­tion since ABC said it would re­vive the tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, even though the pro­gram airs from Los Angeles and “Live” airs week­day morn­ings from New York. The busy Seacrest will also con­tinue his syn­di­cated Los Angeles morn­ing drive-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.” 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.” The na­tion­wide search for the first ABC-aired su­per­star be­gins next month. The show will re­turn to the air in 2018.

RICHARD SHOTWELL

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