‘American Idol’ to return in 2018? Creator Simon Fuller gives hope at Emmy Awards

“See you in 2018,” said “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller to Ryan Seacrest in his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Fuller was accepting the prestigious Governors Award trophy for “Idol’s” final season, but what got people talking were those mysterious four words at the tail-end of his podium speech.

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News of an “American Idol” return first occurred during its April series finale telecast, when Seacrest closed out the final show by saying, “Good night, America … for now.” With Fuller now expanding on Seacrest’s comment with a specific 2018 date, does that mean the show will return to TV in two years’ time? Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

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“American Idol” had an up-and-down history at the Emmys throughout its 15-year run, winning only eight victories from its 67 noms. Seacrest was recognized as Best Reality Host seven times, losing to Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) in 2012, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) in 2013 and RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) this year.

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