The Telegram (St. John's)

Ryan Seacrest back as host of ‘Idol’


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.

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