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Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest in The American Idol Experience motorcade at Walt Disney World Resort.
Born Ryan John Seacrest
December 24, 1974 (1974-12-24) (age 35)
Dunwoody, Georgia,
United States
Occupation Reality and game show host, television and radio personality
Years active 1990 — present

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio, television host, and television producer. He is the host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show that airs on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and throughout the United States and Canada on Premiere Radio Networks, and the internationally-syndicated chart show American Top 40, also syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. On television, Seacrest hosts E! News, and American Idol.


Early life

Seacrest was born in Atlanta's suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia, the son of Constance Marie (née Zullinger), a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, an attorney.[1][2][3] He is of Swiss descent.[4]

After graduating from Dunwoody High School, Seacrest went on to attend the University of Georgia in the fall of 1993. There, he would host his first radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left UGA at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to continue his broadcasting career.



In 1993, Seacrest hosted ESPN's Radical Outdoor Challenge.

In 1994, a kids show called Gladiators 2000 was created as a spinoff television show of American Gladiators. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest for the first season.

Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in "The Final Proof".


In the fall of 2000 Seacrest was the host of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies. On Saturdays in the fall of 2000 through the spring of 2001 NBC would dedicate the 8–11 PM EST block to showing a major theatrical film. Seacrest would appear as the host during the commercial breaks. He offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by calling in a specific number. In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of the hit reality TV series American Idol in 2002 with comedian Brian Dunkleman. At American Music Awards 2003, he ripped open comedian Kathy Griffin’s blouse and showed everyone her bra. The move led Kathy to complain Seacrest “physically assaulted” her. “That bit was unscripted,” he admitted.[5] Controversy continued as Seacrest jokingly referred to a 12 year old girl sitting in the front, which resulted in presenter Patricia Heaton walking out in disgust.[6]

American Idol went on to mirror its UK ratings and popularity success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight. The following year, he became the sole host when Dunkleman left the show. (In a 2005 interview on the syndicated Howard Stern Show, Dunkleman insisted that it was his idea to leave Idol, to pursue his career as an actor, but he was bitter at Seacrest's occasional put-downs after Dunkleman's departure.) In 2003, Seacrest hosted the spin-off show, American Juniors. In January 2004, Seacrest launched a daily entertainment/variety/talk syndicated television program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled and aired its last episode on September 17, 2004. In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. Before he took over as host on AT40, he was a substitute host four times in 2003. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS's morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees.[7] This show, also known as On Air With Ryan Seacrest, remains on the air.

In January 2005, Seacrest hosted the "Celebration of Freedom" concert in Washington, DC for President George W. Bush, the Bush family and the United States Military.[8] In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and that he would be the producer-host's eventual successor.[9] On December 31, 2005 Seacrest performed much of the show's hosting duties. Dick Clark's role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke. Seacrest also occasionally serves as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live.

In January 2006, U.S. cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host and produce various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages (E!'s signature piece of original programming).[10] An Associated Press profile portrayed Seacrest as using both the deal with E! and the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve involvement as a springboard towards a long-lasting career in television production and ownership.[11] In April 2006, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for co-hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. Seacrest had a cameo in the summer 2007 blockbuster film Knocked Up, where he steps out of his usual friendly host role on E! and rants about the stupidity of the interviews he has to conduct, noting that no one has anything to say about an exit strategy in Iraq or dealing with (presumably North) Korea. Seacrest hosted the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 2007.[12] This is also the same year the reality show he produced Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered with mostly negative critical reaction, but favored among viewers.

In 2008 it was announced he has 2 new shows: Bromance, a reality show on MTV featuring Brody Jenner,[13] and an untitled scripted series he is producing with Paris Hilton.[14] In May 2008, reports said Seacrest would be executive producer for a new reality dating show, Momma's Boys, for NBC. According to a casting announcement, the series will follow mothers as they work with their sons to find their perfect match.[15] Seacrest is also the executive producer of E! reality show Denise Richards: It's Complicated which premiered on May 26, 2008. The show has received numerous negative reviews. The Boston Herald rated the show a D. Its critic Mark A. Perigard said of the first episode:

"Denise Richards’ life is one steaming pile of pig poop...Literally".[16] In August 2008, ABC picked up the option in Seacrest's contract to extend him as co-host of New Year's Eve through 2010, ringing in 2011, also renaming the program 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest', to reflect Seacrest's success as co-host, said in a statement by Orly Adelson, president of Dick Clark Productions.[17] Also in August, Seacrest named his longtime William Morris Agent, Adam Sher, as C.E.O. of Ryan Seacrest Productions [18] and inked an expansive deal with the Comcast Entertainment Group, keeping him on E! Entertainment Television through early 2012. Comcast also gets first-look rights at all Ryan Seacrest Productions products.[19] In July, Seacrest inked a deal with CKX for $45 million, making him the highest paid reality television host to date.[20] He is featured in a mouthwash commercial for Scope. In 2009, a man was arrested for twice stalking and being a threat to Seacrest.[21]



  • On Air with Ryan Seacrest: Host, executive producer of this syndicated daily show airing on over 150 stations in North America alone, with affiliates worldwide)
  • American Top 40: Host of this syndicated weekly countdown show
  • 2003 Radio Music Awards: Co-host
  • 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles: Since 2004, Morning Drive Personality with co-host Ellen K.
  • Former: KYSR and WSTR On-Air Personality.



  "2009 Academy Awards" Host on E!


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  11. ^ The real 'American Idol'
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  18. ^ By (2008-08-19). "Adam Sher shifts to Seacrest – Entertainment News, Business News, Media". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990811.html?categoryid=18&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
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  21. ^ "Ryan Seacrest 'stalker' arrested". BBC News. October 31, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8335296.stm. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 

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Preceded by
Casey Kasem
American Top 40 Host
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Conan O'Brien
Hosts of Emmys
2007, 2008 (w/Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst)
Succeeded by
Neil Patrick Harris


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Taken during MyCokeFest at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American television and radio personality best known as the host of American Idol.



  • Everyone in showbiz is driven by ego, so how do you go from having loads of fame to working at 7-11? You can't do it!
  • I've dated some women who have turned me on to some funny things that are strange for men to actually do. But these things have become part of my process. I think the things I do for my appearance help make me look better. I even color my hair because I like how it makes me look.
  • I've never done Botox in my life. But I've probably tried everything else under the sun.
  • I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women.
  • In Hollywood it seems that you're considered gay until proven otherwise!
  • Look, a lot of women would be turned off with hearing me say how hot I think Brad Pitt is! Know what I mean? So I probably don't help my cause.
  • People bring up my hair quite a bit. It's strategically tousled. The flatiron is the key.
  • Trust me, if I were gay I'd be getting more action than I'm getting now.
  • When I moved to Hollywood, one of the first people I ever wanted to meet wasn't a movie star. It was a disc jockey, it was Casey Kasem.

Regarding his shows

  • I am looking forward to being part of the E! team. This unique opportunity allows my company to take the next step in providing multimedia content.
  • I love it. I love the immediacy of it. I love the spontaneity of it...I love the fact that every day you see something on TV that you have an opinion about and you want to talk about and the next day you can get on the air and do it.

Regarding American Idol

  • It's okay to cry. It's because you care.
  • We now have contestants who will not let anything get in their way of victory. Some contestants have thrown each other under the bus this season.
  • Whereas in the past people were more politically correct in dealing with others ...[now] all they care about is winning.

Regarding Simon Cowell

  • And so when he puts his mind to something and when he wants to do something like this television show and be there for everybody to see him, he'll do it.
  • He's arrogant, he's pompous, he believes that everything he says is right, he drives you crazy. He actually tries to get under your skin.
  • I think that's the problem with our relationship with Simon — is that he's extremely aware of how important he is to the success of the show.
  • Think of your worst nightmare and never waking up from that. That would be the rest of your life married to this man. It would all be about him and not you. Valentine's Day would be a celebration of him.
  • This season we had to stop auditions because one of his fake teeth came out, and he had to call in a dentist with drills to the back of the hotel, and they had to put in a new tooth. He'll actually be pissed that I told you this, but you've got to print it.


  • When American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Grammy-winning singer John Mayer were hanging out with friends recently at the bar in L.A.'s Four Seasons Hotel, a bridesmaid spotted the celebs and invited them to her pal's reception next door. So at around 1 a.m., Seacrest and Mayer hit the dance floor to congratulate the ecstatic bride, Lori Wolfson, and her groom, Lee Johnson.
  • I haven't seen him since that day. We knew that the (pictures) had been taken, which must have bothered him enough. An hour after he dropped me off, he called to say, "I don't think I can do this with you."
    • Teri Hatcher, on the end of her relationship with Seacrest
    • Oprah staff writer (2005). "Teri Hatcher Speaks Out" Oprah.com (accessed March 1, 2007)

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