Ryan Seacrest has revealed that he almost signed a deal to host the American Idol reboot before joining Ripa on Live With Kelly and Ryan.
During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I’ve always loved the show. And If I could do it forever, I would.”
The 42-year-old television and radio personality knows for certain where his roots are!
He said, “who am I If I’m not the American Idol guy?”
As our readers know, Ryan hosted Fox’s hit show from the day it began on June 11th, 2002, until it finished its 15th and final season on April 7th.
After the show ended, the former American Idol host was eager to start working.
However, The CEO of iHeartMedia, Bob Pittman, told the man not to jump into anything too quickly.
Ryan hosts and produces iHeart’s Los Angeles radio show, 102.7 KISS-FM, American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest, and On Air With Ryan Seacrest.
Bob said to the Hollywood Reporter, “when you come off a series like that, and you’d been doing it as long as he did, your natural tendency is to quickly replace it.”
He went on to say that Ryan is truly a tremendous public figure with a massive following and is unlike most people because of the size of his audience.
Bob claimed, “people don’t forget about him, he isn’t going away.”
In the end, Ryan chose to skip American Idol, and to be honest, it seems like that was the proper choice because the reboot will never have the original flair.
The American Idol alumni chose Live With Kelly and Ryan, and he was supported by previous television personalities, Michael Strahan and Regis Philbin. Michael was nice enough to send him a bottle of wine and Regis sent him kind words of congratulations.