Ryan Seacrest inks new deal on American Idol

Ryan Seacrest is sticking with American Idol. The television personality, who just hosted FOX’s 25th anniversary special, is staying on board the network’s flagship program, inking a $30 million deal that will keep him as host throughout the next two seasons. In a press release from FOX, Seacrest, who has been the host of American Idol since its premiere in 2002, said, “For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with American Idol to continue.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives were eager to keep Seacrest on Idol as he’s seen as a familiar constant during a time when the reality series has gone through significant changes. Last season, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were brought in to replace longtime judge Simon Cowell. The deal brings into question the future of some of Seacrest’s other ventures. On top of his hosting duties, Seacrest was also strongly considered as an anchor on the Today show. ~Kyle Sharp

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  1. NoName • April 24, 2012 @ 11:20 AM

    This show needs to be over alreayd. I’m so sick of it now, Ryan Seacrest included

  2. Joanne • April 24, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

    You can’t have American Idol without Ryan. That would just be wrong

  3. Germain • April 24, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    Be gone, the both of you, show and host, can’t stand either one.

  4. TheTruth • April 24, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  5. Missy • April 24, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

    The current season is the first time I didn’t watch the show. It just suddenly felt old and tired and I got bored. I prefer Canada’s Got Talent. At least I can vote for that one.

  6. Richard • April 24, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

    Too bad he’ll have to give up about $10M of that in tax to welfare bums in the U.S.

  7. David • April 26, 2012 @ 5:10 PM

    That d*ck….I am jealous.

  8. Juliana • April 26, 2012 @ 4:06 PM

    If some people are tired of the show and hate it, why do they watch it? Do they only get one channel? I wish Simon was still the main judge. I love Steven Tyler, he’s hilarious; Jennifer talks way too much and too long; and Randy seems to often copy what Jennifer says, always looking to both Steven and her as if for approval. Ryan is the face of American Idol and should forever be with the show as long as it lasts. I’m glad he signed a new contract!!

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