Ryan Seacrest On American Idol: “I’ll Do it As Long As They’ll Have Me”

Ryan Seacrest told Access Hollywood yesterday that not only is he coming back to American Idol as host for Season 13, he has no intention of leaving the show–EVER.

“I love doing it. …It’s what I know. Every day of my life for the last 12–almost 13–years,” he said. “I’ve gotten up to either host Idol or go on the auditions. So I’d like to do it as long as they’d like to have me.”

Well, we’ll see when his contract is up next year. If the ratings continue to dive, will it even be worth the busy TV mogul’s time?

We already know that Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey aren’t returning to the judges table. But when asked about Keith Urban, who has expressed interest in returning to the show, Ryan was evasive, “He was fantastic on the show,” Said Ryan. “But obviously there are changes and they have not determined exactly what that mix is going to be.” Hm.

Ryan also said he would love to spar again, once more, with Simon Cowell at the judges table.

Check out the interview below:

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  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I think they’d keep Ryan for however long the show continues. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the last year.

  • girlygirl

    It’s great that he still loves doing AI, but I wonder if FOX is going to want to pay the type of $ he gets once his contract is up after this next season. Ryan really is the face of the show, but he’s also got 39745201638 other jobs, so it’s not like he needs AI to help him put food on the table or pay rent.

    It would be weird if Idol ever replaced him as the host, but, considering the sliding ratings, it’s more likely the show would get canceled before that happened.

  • Incipit

    “…he has no intention of leaving the show–EVER…“I love doing it. …It’s what I know… So I’d like to do it as long as they’d like to have me.”

    Well then. That was emphatic. ‘As if’ even that unequivocal answer will keep folks from speculating. Heh. Is Ryan serving notice that if Idol changes hosts at this late date, it wasn’t by his choice? IDK.

    But I also noticed how he danced around the Keith Urban question – he’s good at that parsing the language stuff – – look at any results show! So that could still happen, IMO.

  • jcabby

    I’m betting FOX will give Ryan a lucrative contract. He is the motor that keeps the show going smoothly.

    If this new producer manages to get ratings and interest in the show to go up again, you can bet Ryan gets his money.

  • Lori

    Well it all depends on what the new Execs can do… I think a lot of people that had given up on Idol after this year’s debacle (like myself) will turn out at the start to see what the new guy can do. And to clarify, I did say people that had given up THIS year. Idol will never regain its dominance but if the new team can breathe life back into the show, I think there are enough of us sitting on the Idol fence to keep it around for more than just another year. It’s still one of the top shows, even if it is just a shadow of what it once was.

  • Larc

    If not the last season, I think S13 will definitely be the pivotal one. It will determine whether the show is salvageable or headed to the dump, IMO. But it’s good to know Ryan will be there whatever happens.

  • NatSasic

    That’s reassuring. There really is no one that I can think of who’s as good a host. And there’s something about the atmosphere of Idol that just wouldn’t be the same without Ryan.

  • Not fit to print

    I bet also. Three new judges this year? None of them with a long term connection to the show? It’s doubtful the show can stop the ratings slide without him, which makes him worth the $$$$.

  • SteelWauhterz

    There are two facts to consider. Idol is relatively cheap to produce, and still makes a butt load of money. As long as Fox can is making money, Idol will be on the air.

  • irockhard

    I can think of several hosts who are better than Ryan, off the top of my head: Cat Deely, Neil Patrick Harris, Ant & Dec.

    I wouldn’t mind upgrading Seacrest for someone who’s younger, hotter and funnier. Seacrest is not very entertaining and never has been.

  • curly_yenta

    What he probably meant to say was as long as they keep paying him his multi-millions a year, he’ll be a loyal seaman and will go down with the ship.

  • Incipit

    Sure. I’ll check it out – here, not live. I say that almost every year since Season 7, and I end up dropping it every year when I reach my BS threshold. Which has always been ‘way’ before the season closes. Heh.

    It ‘does’ all depend on what the new PTB can do, Lori, if I will stick around – but I have the Halo Effect still, which has given me a permanent seat on that fence. *snerk*

    But I’m not in their desired Ad Demo – so Idol doesn’t care.

  • Liteasy

    I doubt that Ryan even knows anything regarding Keith’s return or no return.

  • Liteasy

    I think Rayan is what holds the show together – none that you mention could do a better job IMO.

  • Incipit

    Yeah, that’s what he said, Liteasy.

    “…obviously there are changes and they have not determined exactly what that mix is going to be.”

    basic translation – “I Don’t Know”. What do they call that – “I can neither confirm nor deny”? *chuckle*

  • gem2477

    Idol is still profitable. I think that it will be another few years.

  • Larc

    I don’t think anybody you mentioned could do as good a job hosting American Idol as Ryan. They are all good at what they do, but talent in one situation doesn’t necessarily translate to talent in another.

  • Kitwana

    Ryan was not responsible for the best seasons of Idol and not responsible for its worst seasons either. Yet somehow he has morphed into the face of the show who is absolutely irreplaceable. I don’t get it. Other projects MJ? Well, once the fascination with the Kardashians fades, which is already happening, then Ryan will have a lot more time on his hands. Ryan’s radio show is a big gig but I have a feeling he has very little control over the music that is played. Other than Justin Bieber – which he and Ellen DeGeneres have a bizarre fascination over – I don’t recall Ryan ever championing any act or breaking any new band.

    Ryan has a big contract so he will be here next year. However, if the new team truly wants to revamp the show, they should take a risk and bring in some fresh blood to host. I like Cat Deeley but if they really want a good host who can keep the show running and who has a platform (Sirius/XM Radio) that he will use to promote Idol acts, they should give the job to Howard Stern. As for industry experience, throughout his long career, Howard has held every position in a radio station from manager to program director to DJ). He is an author, actor, TV producer, TV host and recording artist. He runs 2 radio stations and one cable tv station.

    I don’t buy that Howard Stern would be too controversial for the show. He is into the second year on AGT and I don’t see fans protesting and walking away from the show. As for sparring with Simon Cowell, if you’ve ever heard Howard Stern interview Simon Cowell, you’ll know what real sparring is. What Ryan and Simon did was embarrassing and obviously scripted. Howard would probably be more expensive than Ryan but the show would get far more bang for the buck with Howard Stern than Ryan Seacrest. If Mario does not work out this year, I can very much see Howard Stern being the next host for X-Factor USA.

  • Larc

    After being a judge on AGT, putting Stern on a bigger show such as Idol would look as if they were buying used goods. I don’t think FOX would want the appearance of hiring castoffs from other talent shows for their leading show.

  • b_james

    No Ryan = No Idol. Plain and simple. Honestly he should be one of the executive producers. Not only is he a producing now, but he knows this show better than anyone.

  • merkureye

    Howard Stern? Say good-bye to the rest of AI’s core audience.

  • Kitwana

    That’s what they said when Howard joined AGT. So far, AGT has had better ratings than The Voice on nights they appeared together. And make no mistake, Howard would be an upgrade for Idol from Ryan. He enjoys the Industry respect that Ryan could only dream of. People know that Howard was an innovator, something Ryan will never be. This week alone you had stars like Seth Rogan and Steven Tyler appearing on his show and praising Howard like crazy. As I said, if Idol doesn’t get him, Simon will move Howard from AGT and put him on X-Factor USA next year.

  • curly_yenta

    I’d love to see Howard Stern as a judge on Idol! … him, along with Cher would be a one-two punch shot in the arm for the show. I’d be glued to my set.

  • Kitwana

    Here’s Ryan’s TV producing history from Wiki:

    RSP produces the hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the highest-rated show on the E! network, and the spin-offs Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. RSP also produced the Emmy Award-winning ABC reality series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. RSP also produced two new reality series in 2012 including Melissa and Tye, which aired on CMT and Shahs of Sunset for Bravo. Bravo announced a second season pick-up of Shahs of Sunset on April 18, 2012, as the show generated solid ratings and lots of attention.[32] RSP’s new show Married to Jonas premiered on August 19, 2012 on E! and was renewed for a second season.[33][34]

  • Incipit

    Kitwana, are there stats that AGT shares an audience with Idol, or even with The Voice? My interest in the shows mj covers on here –

    In descending order of GAD, is Idol>TV>XFUS>AGT>XFUK. But IDK if that’s a pattern, or just my preference. Howard Stern can innovate his asp off, I don’t want to watch him do it. IMO.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Considering Simon also has a show on FOX, do you really think FOX would go and steal Howard Stern from Simon’s other show?

  • Ria.

    I listened to Stern on the radio all the time back when I was in an area that played him. His program was perfect for a radio alarm. I wouldn’t hit snooze just because I wanted to hear what he was going on about. Some days he was too mean or vulgar and I’d need to change the station. But most days he was just hysterically funny and entertaining. He ALWAYS had B-list celebrities on just because he appreciated them and thought they were funny or original, etc. He never cared to push the latest fad celebrities and kiss up to them. He had acts on that he liked and he trashtalked anyone he did not like no matter how popular they were. I think he is perfect for judging AGT with all its off-beat and interesting acts. I started watching AGT last year because of him and he is the judge I almost always agree with. I don’t see him as a host on one of these shows. I think it would be way too obvious which contestants he likes and which he does not. I could see him judging on XF maybe, but AGT really seems to be a perfect fit for him where it is not just singers but all sorts of entertainers.

  • Jake W.

    I don’t know how Ryan balances such a hectic schedule. He’s one of the busiest men in Hollywood. Kudos to him!

  • All In Spare Time

    I love Ryan and can’t imagine the show without him, but as I wrote yesterday in a post Predicting the Reality Host Emmy nominations, he seemed a little low we nervy this year without judges to spar with. Here’s that post: http://allinsparetime.com/2013/06/14/predicting-the-emmy-nominations-best-reality-show-host/

  • Kitwana

    Fox would not have to steal him if Simon agreed to move him. Howard only has a one year contract with AGT.

  • Kitwana

    Howard was brutally honest with people before Simon Cowell made it acceptable to do so. While Ryan Seacrest was busy sucking up to a talentless hack like Justin Bieber, Howard happily reported on what NBC execs were saying about the kid’s bad behaviour when the Biebster was filming his NBC Christmas special.

    It’s easy now to be anti-Bieber but not too long ago when Ryan, Ellen, Oprah etc. we’re all saying how great Bieber was, Howard was questioning his talent and saying that his diva like behavior was “the worst”. It takes real courage to be publicly critical of the biggest popstar in the world. Howard did it.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Move where? To XF? That would be a possibility. But, there might be a problem with moving to a different network. Simon wanted to move Mel B from XF Australia to Australia’s Got Talent this year, but the network that has XF prevented it because the clause in Mel B’s XF contract prevents her from appearing on other Australian networks before January 2014.

  • Kitwana

    Howard has a one year contract. AGT and NBC actively courted him. No offence to Mel B but Howard has way more bargaining power to negotiate a contract. I doubt he would have agreed to any restriction on his right to work on other networks after the one year contract has ended.

  • Incipit

    “Howard was brutally honest with people before Simon Cowell made it acceptable to do so.”

    OK. I think I get what you are saying – Howard was Cowell before Cowell showed up – but without the Brit accent…so he would make as good a judge. Assuming one ever thought of Cowell as honest – which I did not.

    Also, I don’t find that schtick ‘acceptable’ from either one, although I know it has a market for the vicariously nasty. In my experience, people who pride themselves on being ‘brutally honest’ are more interested in the brutality than the honesty. And that’s just distasteful.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ryan is a good host. I never liked his sadistic streak in torturing the contestants during the results shows, but he seems to have backed off on that recently (or been told to back off?). I’ve realized that for me, the host of these shows isn’t really very important.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Good article, but I still think Ryan will be nominated for an Emmy (Betty White will be the odd person out). He’ll lose once again..probably to Bergeron, but possibly to (hang on to your hats) RuPaul.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Married to Jonas”

    Married to Jonas is an American reality documentarytelevision series on E! that debuted on August 19, 2012. It primarily focuses on Kevin Jonas, one of the three Jonas Brothers, and his married life with his wife Danielle Deleasa. However, the first season also focused on the 2012 “comeback” of the Jonas Brothers.

    Seriously? lol

  • Kitwana

    Yep, Ryan Seacrest is busy filling American TV with crap programming spotlighting talentless losers willing to expose every detail of their personal life for fame. And of course he loves promoting the heck out of such lip synching ego maniacs as Justin Bieber. If keeping him as host of American Idol will make him too busy to unleash more crap then maybe Fox should keep him on indefinitely to save the world from more Kardashian garbage or Justin Bieber clones.

  • matt89

    Seacrest for life!

  • Kariann Hart

    I just can’t see the egos of Simon Cowell and Howard Stern on the same show! OMG.

  • Kariann Hart

    I still would like to believe there is a chance Keith will be back. I also believe he will be a better judge with a more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Kariann Hart

    For me Ryan Seacrest is like comfortable slippers. I like him and feel he is the glue that held the show together. May it last many more years!

  • WestiesRule

    Good for him. I admire anyone who can turn an honest $$ whether it’s my cuppa or not. He’s not hurting anyone and we have the freedom to change the channel if we don’t like what we see.

  • Kitwana

    It would be TV magic. And with Howard’s 3 decade plus experience doing a consistently funny 4 hour live radio show, he would not need to be scripted in his exchanges with Simon, either as judge or as host. I really am surprised that nobody has thought about putting Howard together with Simon sooner.

  • Happyhexer

    I’m afraid you are right, Miz. Given the age of the show, the competition from other singing competition shows, and how badly they mangled AI this year, I am not sure that Idol can recover, even with new blood.

  • Karen C

    This probably wouldn’t happen, because they had to move the AGT live shows to NY, because of Howard Stern’s radio job. I doubt they would want to move X Factor to NY. Also, I can’t see Howard Stern as a mentor on X Factor, the reason he works well on AGT is because there are more entertainment acts, and less singing.