We have learned that, in the wake of Ryan Seacrest’s sexual misconduct accusations, ABC is rushing to downplay the TV personality’s role in the reboot of American Idol. ‘This could be one of the biggest disasters in TV history!’ one insider said.
Apparently, ‘ABC’s editing the first two episodes of American Idol to focus less on Ryan and more on Katy Perry and on the contestants.’
On the other hand, a source close to production denied the episodes were edited in any way to undermine Seacrest’s importance on the singing competition.
American Idol’s much-anticipated reboot is set to air on March 11.
Another source insisted that the execs are really worried that Ryan’s personal drama might be affecting the show’s ratings.
‘American Idol producers are freaking out because they don’t want people to tune out or boycott the show due to Ryan hosting. The problem’s that he’s already so ingrained in the show and its entire production.’
Seacrest has been accused by his former stylist of sexually harassing her for years but the Live! co-host has repeatedly denied her claims, saying she just wants money from him.
Even though E! conducted an investigation and concluded there is no proof Seacrest sexually harassed Suzie Hardy, ABC is still worried.
‘Producers are discussing the nuclear option if the situation gets worse and they have to edit him out of the entire show. Idol is a huge priority for ABC, This could be one of the biggest disasters in TV history — to say they are nervous is an understatement,’ one source claimed.
Debbie Williams, a former stage manager for Idol, defended Seacrest saying that ‘Never, never in my 15 years with him, if you told me this story, would I believe you.’