FOX confirmed last night that the television and radio personality will continue to host “American Idol” for another two seasons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest’s new deal is worth around $15 million a year.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â While no other details were given, Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, FOX Broadcasting Company, expressed his excitement in a statement:
“Ryan is one of a kind…His ability to engage the viewers, keep the contestants at ease during intense moments and adapt to any situation, especially during the live shows, solidifies him as the absolute best in the business. He is an integral part of why ‘American Idol’ is a true phenomenon, and we can’t imagine doing this show without him.”
Ryan also released a statement about the deal, saying that he is thrilled to be back:
“For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with ‘American Idol’ to continue…The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working ‘Idol’ crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job. I especially appreciate the support and confidence of Peter Rice, Mike Darnell and the entire FOX team – as well as the support of everyone at FremantleMedia North America – and I look forward to continuing our partnership.”
President Seacrest?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Good ring to it?