ABC announced last month that it was bringing “American Idol” back to TV early next year. While Katy Perry has been confirmed as one of the judges, the other two chairs still sit empty although Lionel Richie is said to be in talks to join the panel. Ryan Seacrest, who emceed all 15 seasons of the show on Fox, is interested in returning as host.
However, he has not been signed as of yet. Will you watch if Seacrest is not on this reboot that is set to air on ABC as a mid-season replacement? Vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments section.
One wonders how interested “Idol” producer Fremantle is in having Seacrest return to this one-time ratings juggernaut. Fremantle rejected the idea of shifting “Idol” to New York City to accommodate Seacrest, who just joined Kelly Ripa as co-host of her morning talker “Live.”
However, he could still be back on-board if the reboot airs on Sunday and Monday evening. He has made no secret of his desire to be part of any relaunch of the show that launched his career. As he told Ripa on their morning gabfest, he signed off on the series finale in April 2016 by saying, “Good night, America … for now.” Ripa is certainly eager for him to host once again.
It would mean a lot of transcontinental trips for Seacrest. On Thursday, after pre-taping Friday’s “Live,” he would jet west and rehearse “Idol” over the weekend before doing it live on Sunday evening. Then he would wing his way back to New York in the wee hours of Monday, do “Live” that morning before doing the jaunt back to LA for the results show Monday night. Another red-eye would get him back to Gotham in time for Tuesday’s “Live.”
Should Seacrest return, the TV academy may well reward him with that elusive Emmy for Best Reality Host. He lost that race seven times for the original show. First he was bested by Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) for four years running beginning in 2008, then Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) in 2012, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) in 2013 and RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) in 2016.
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