Background: Ryan Seacrest has developed into quite the media personality titan since "Idol" premiered in 2001. The 36-year-old also hosts E! News on TV and his own syndicated radio program, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," that's heard throughout the country. Seacrest has also executive-produced reality shows including "Momma's Boys" and "Denise Richards: It's Complicated."
What he'll bring to "Idol": Like Jackson, Seacrest is a familiar face, but he's also the ringmaster of the show and the one who can turn even the most awkward of moments into a laugh. He'll stand by contestants who look deflated after a judge's critique, and if things ever get out of hand at the judges' table just a few feet away, count on him to put everyone back in order.
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