'American Idol' Cancellation: So What Does Brian Dunkleman Think?

Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman
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Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's "American Idol" finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. 

Back when American Idol had its first season -- in the summer of 2002 -- Ryan Seacrest was not the lone host: He belonged to a spiky-haired hosting duo that also included comedian Brian Dunkleman. But after Idol became a cultural phenomenon that first season, it returned in January 2003 for season 2 with only Seacrest as the host.

'American Idol' Ending With Season 15

Now, Dunkleman is a self-proclaimed "television history footnote," according to his Twitter bio, and he thinks he has a pretty good idea why American Idol was canceled Monday, with its 15th and final season arriving next year.

When reached by Billboard on Monday, a rep for Dunkleman said: "My client has no further comments."


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