Rumors have been going around for a while now that American Idol 2014 host Ryan Seacrest might not return for season 15. Last week, there was even an interview with an alleged “insider” saying that Ryan was telling his friends he wanted out. Now, however, we have a new report claiming that not only is the rumor Ryan Seacrest is leaving American Idol false, but that he’s very close to signing a new two-year deal.

Ryan Seacrest at American Idol auditions

Last week, the notoriously questionable RadarOnline.com reported that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was ready to quit and move on to other projects. According to an alleged, anonymous “insider,” Ryan has “lost the passion” for hosting American Idol” and has been “telling friends that this season of Idol is likely to be his last.”

However, we know that Ryan has been saying for years that he that he loves doing American Idol and has no plans to quit. In fact, just last year he told Access Hollywood he would “like to do it as long as they’d like to have me.”

Now The Hollywood Reporter, usually a much more reliable source of information than certain (cough) tabloid sites mentioned above, says rumors that Ryan is going to quit are bogus. According to THR, Ryan is actually very close to “making a new deal to remain with Fox’s Idol for two more years.”

This is really excellent news to us, if it is true, because that means that not only will Ryan be around for a couple more years, but he can’t be a host without a show… so that means a few more years of Idol at least as well.

Ryan may actually be giving up some of his other hosting duties to put more effort into producing and other behind-the-scenes projects, but giving up American Idol isn’t supposedly in the plans. As THR says, “Seacrest has been loyal to the singing competition that catapulted his career more than a decade ago” and he has often said “he ‘couldn’t imagine a life without Idol.”

That’s good, because we can’t imagine an Idol without Ryan Seacrest.


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