Ryan Seacrest May Be Too Ill to Host Idol Tonight

UPDATE: 4:50 PM PDT — Sources tell TMZ … Ryan is going to go for it … although they will have puke buckets on the stage … just in case he loses it.

Via TMZ

Ryan Seacrest feels like crap … so much so he missed the rehearsal for “American Idol” tonight, and sources connected with the production of the show tell TMZ … Ryan may be MIA for the first time in the 11-season run of the show.

We’re told Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe stepped in for Ryan during the dress rehearsal this afternoon.

Sources say Ryan had an IV in his arm, and is fighting “a bad stomach bug.” We’re told he was throwing up all last night and today.

Ryan was not at the rehearsal and it’s unclear if he’ll do the show. If he doesn’t, Nigel is ready to step in.

UH OH!

  • Anonymous

    Heejun for host!! Haha I wish.

  • http://twitter.com/FreakinJuudy Judy Sia

    truly “UH OH !” worthy. Idol is nothing without Ryan Seacrest.

  • http://twitter.com/kirkcharles kirk charles

    omg LOL if Nigel steps in this will be entertaining

  • Anonymous

    NO WAY!  Hope he feels better.

    Heejun would be hilarious – too bad he’s in NYC. :P

  • Anonymous

    OMG Nigel !! LOL, this would be a very interesting night if that is true :p
    Poor Ryan though :(

  • Anonymous

    This will prove Ryan is irreplaceable. Oh man, this show is going to be nuts if Ryan is not on tonight. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/GottaVote4DREW Ryan

    if nigel is host how is he supposed to give the judges their directions without the cameras noticing??  

  • http://twitter.com/kirkcharles kirk charles

    anyone know where Dunkleman is ? someone call him up real quick and get him to the studios? i’m sure he isn’t busy.

  • too-cool-for-school

    This will be a very interesting night. XD

    Feel better, Ryan!

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like the TMZ reports about Haley performing in the finale in place of Lauren.  I guess will see the guy wearing scrubs on stage tonight.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Nigel is doing what he can to drum up the drama. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTBLQCZR7Y7LHV5BFYKYW5UQ6Q Aden

    Cat Deeley should replace Ryan.  

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy

    Seacrest is a trooper… and awesome.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Hey, he’s there! And we didn’t have to sit through a sappy intro. :P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTBLQCZR7Y7LHV5BFYKYW5UQ6Q Aden

    Anything for ratings, I guess!

  • Incipit

     Prime_Minister, I’ll believe it when the dude in the scrubs comes out and makes a pronouncement on the state of Ryan’s Health – I think he’ll soldier on…and no one will take video of him barfing into a trash bag, he can be thankful for small mercies. Hope he feels up to it.

    But “if” – then – Nigel may find out what TPTB are paying Ryan for. And that makes me *chuckle*

  • Anonymous

    Right.  Just after the press release about his new contract.

    It must be bad for Ryan to miss work — he’s one of the hardest working people in the biz.

    I wonder if Nigel will end up hosting.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

     Ryan looks awful tonight! Can he get through two hours of hosting?

  • too-cool-for-school

    If this is really another publicity stunt, they are more desperate than ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Ryan Seacrest being himself…hugging people, speaking directly at them…it’s going to be funny next week when half of the cast is sick.

  • Kitwana

    No way Ryan would miss a show and let someone else guest host. That some else (cough Cat Deeley) might actually do well or even do better than Ryan. That would destroy the myth that the show could not survive without Ryan. Remember when people were worried that Idol could not survive without Simon? People could always say that so long as the show never had to do without Simon.

  • Anonymous

    Dunkleman!

  • Julie McDonnell

    Of course the hole in that theory is that NIGEL and not Cat or anyone else was going to step in.  And considering his contract is signed, I think he’s probably quite chill about his place on the show.

  • Julie McDonnell

    Ryan looks like crap. I understand cynicism about this show, but can’t it be possible that he’s just sick? How is that unbelievable?

    He could have read Simon’s book….:p 

  • Kitwana

    Julie: Yes, the two year contract is signed, but when they start talking about the next contract, it wouldn’t help Ryan if Fox could say that it put Nigel or Cat there on as host on short notice and they did great. His greatest leverage at contract negotiation time is having everyone believe that he is irreplaceable. Put that into question and he becomes Paula Abdul. But he has nothing to worry about. Based on the comments on the thread on his new contract, it looks like everyone on Mjsbigblog believes Ryan is irreplaceable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OSOOTOBRL4XGHQNICOXCCN5IXQ lisa

    he’s doing a great job tonight,you can’t tell anything is wrong with him at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    He did well.  But I noticed he was sitting down throughout the first half of the show….either on a stool, a piano bench, etc.  He was standing throughout most of the second half.  So he must have been feeling better.

    A bit of Idol trivia.  Ryan never missed an American Idol performance yet.  But the summer he hosted American Juniors, he missed one performance.  Who took his place as host that week.

    Hint…She is in the news this week…did not have a good week on reality TV.

    Answer…Gladys Knight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    He did well.  But I noticed he was sitting down throughout the first half of the show….either on a stool, a piano bench, etc.  He was standing throughout most of the second half.  So he must have been feeling better.

    A bit of Idol trivia.  Ryan never missed an American Idol performance yet.  But the summer he hosted American Juniors, he missed one performance.  Who took his place as host that week.

    Hint…She is in the news this week…did not have a good week on reality TV.

    Answer…Gladys Knight.

  • Anonymous

    That explains a lot actually. I thought something was up when:

    1) Ryan didn’t walk down the stairs in the beginning like he normally does.

    2) Someone else did the opening Queen VoiceOver (Nigel?)

    3) Julianne Hough waiting backstage (I think she was on standby in case Ryan lost it).

    You know what? The hardest working man in showbiz can take a day off if he needs it. I mean 11 years, perfect attendance, DAMN. Feel better, Ryan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    DialIdol had a total twist and now this is more or less what I was expecting> Jessic or Skylar or Joshua and Elise in the bottom 3 with Elise going home. The only two safe, IMO, are Hollie and P2.

  • Anonymous

    Sounded like Randy doing the Queen voice over, to me.

  • BonnieDee

    I was watching Ryan shake hands with Joshua and hoping that Ryan doesn’t have anything contagious!

  • luvadamlambert

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO I <3 Ryan so much! Feel better!

  • Tera2

    I’ve watched since season one and Ryan is always there — it will be odd without him.   I’ve noticed in past couple weeks his face was looking a bit worn or aged and I thought he’s probably tired or hasn’t started doing botox like the rest of them.  He’s very particular about his looks though.  He was a pro as usual last night but I did notice something seemed off and saggy in his face – maybe he was just feeling sick and worn out from over work.