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american idol Ryan Seacrest photographed in 2015.

Ryan Seacrest Talks the Art of Sending 'Idol' Contestants Home

Since first being cast as host of 'American Idol' back in 2002 (sharing the gig with Brian Dunkleman during season one), Ryan Seacrest has introduced major pop stars, crowned 14 champions -- and ended the dreams of more than 350 singing hopefuls (on live TV, no less).