American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Reveals Future With Show

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest went on “The Today Show” this morning to speak with Matt Lauer about a “big announcement.”

The news turned out to be that Ryan will shift from within the NBC Universal family and also begin working with NBC rather than just E!. His first assignment will be with NBC’s primetime when he becomes a correspondent for the summer Olympics later this year in London, UK.

Matt Lauer pressed Ryan Seacrest to discuss what many have speculated: Ryan taking over Lauer’s role on “The Today Show.” Seacrest pushed back that it was too soon to discuss filling a still warm seat (Lauer has not announced any plans to leave). Not only did we learn about his future with NBC, but also his plans for FOX and his big hosting gig there.

When it came to the topic of American Idol, Seacrest had nothing but good things to say. “I plan to stay there. I think I’ll have an official statement very, very soon. But I expect to be on that show.” Ryan went on to say Idol is a “great show program” and “a circus to run and I enjoy it.”

Sounds like we’ll have many more years of Ryan Seacrest with Amerian Idol 2012 not being his last in the role of host. Are you relieved to hear Ryan is sticking around for more Idol?




  1. I think it’s great that he is staying. He really adds to the show and makes it more entertaining. All other hosts should take a few lessons from him on how to do it the right way. He is just a natural at it and comes across as very sincere when interacting with the contestants, judges, guest acts and the whole 9 yards. It wouldn’t be the same show without him that’s for sure.

      • I’d imagine Ryan is a “fan” of all the singers and knows better than to voice support for or against any of the finalists.

        But to each their own. With a steady 2-3% of the poll each week, DeAndre obviously has a few fans. If everyone liked the same singer it would be a very short season each year.

      • He definitely tries to encourage all of them and tries to help clarify the judges comments so the contestants can use it to their advantage. I remember when Simon used to be so critical but then offer no input on what the contestant should do to improve, Ryan would come out and ask Simon specific questions and also other judges as well. I think he was trying to help the contestants and I don’t understand why more of them don’t ask for clarification on some of the comments at time. I think they are afraid to interact with the judges on that level so they just say “OK” and go on off stage with a confused look on their face. But I guess Ryan does that sometimes too for filler when they are running ahead of schedule by a few seconds. So it may not be for the sole purpose of helping the contestant. For what ever reason he does it, he comes across as so sincere and that is what makes him so good at what he does. 

  2. I love ryan seacrest. He’s one of the reasons why american idol stays and will stay for long!:)

    • Is it my imagination or has Ryan’s hotness accelerated this year.  he was always fine, but this season he’s drop … dead …. GORGEOUS! 

      • Maybe Julianne Hough brought the best out in him!!!!! Cute couple….
        I’m thrilled he is staying with Idol and still branching out to other venue.  He is very good at what he does.   I even listen to his radio station.

  3. Ryan is “simply the best” & I couldn’t be more thrilled for him! Way to go Darlin!

  4. hell yeah! he has humor. he knows what exact words to say in every situtation. he’s a good host. we can’t deny that..

  5. he’s very good at what he does.  he’s clean,personable, and charming.  that’s what a host is supposed to do.  he also seems very natural.   the personality is not forced.  i also think he’s a helluva lot better than the judges!!

  6. I think Ryan Seacrest is great.  I also think he spreads himself too thin.  Geez.

  7. He adds a lot and everything i’ve heard about him indicates he is a genuinely nice person. I respect anyone who works so many jobs.

  8. There’s a car insurance add over there>>>> with a lady in a red/orange bathing suit polishing a 1950s style two tone coup. I don’t know about you guys but that picture is sizzlin’ HOT!!! It makes me want to buy that insurance just because they used such a hot model in the ad! And don’t give me a hard time cause she is definitely trying to be hot and succeeding. I just had to point that out.

    You got everything on this site Matt! I love it!! LMAO….:-D 

  9. Yes! Thank God! Ryan is the heart of the show, not the judges. You can tell Ryan really cares for the contestants and overall just enjoys doing Idol. Plus, without Ryan promoting Idol all over the country, viewership and popularity just won’t be the same. 

  10. Ryan is the one person on that show who’d be hardest to replace.  A judge can easily be replaced.  The show needs someone to make it run along smoothly.  That’s not as easy as it looks. 

    Look at the other reality shows.  I watch AMT & tried watching X-Factor.  Neither of those hosts are nearly as good as Ryan.  I think a lot of X-Factors problems started with the host. 

  11. Ryan Seacrest is the best host ever.  I am thrilled to hear he has no plans of leaving American Idol.  

  12. Wonder if this means that he will no longer do DICK CLARK’S ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE on ABC now that he has upped his association with NBC.

  13. I am so pleased to hear that Ryan is staying on. He does an excellent job, of hosting American Idol, it wouldn’t be the same without him.

  14. Was there not a contestant who sounded just like Ryan this year, why do they not let Ryan go, let someone else do the show, I am sure that it can’t be that difficult if there was a contestant who felt he was good enough to be a contestant, then he must have the confidence to do Ryan’s job, Perhaps they will even save money as well. Ryan is no invincible he can be replaced!

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