One-time reality TV juggernaut American Idol is ending its pop culture-changing run after its upcoming 15th season, Fox revealed today (May 11).
If you're thinking it will be hard to imagine a TV landscape without American Idol, you're not alone – longtime host Ryan Seacrest feels the same.
"American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it," Seacrest said in a statement."It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true, too.
"All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years. I'm so glad they're going to give us a season-long send off. The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I'm looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favorite part -- two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!"
Seacrest has hosted Idol from its June 11, 2002 debut up through its present season. The first year, Seacrest shared hosting duties with Brian Dunkleman, who parted ways with the show after season 1. Seacrest's success with Idol allowed him to jumpstart a wildly successful career at the helm of Ryan Seacrest Productions, which counts E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians as one of its most valuable products.