‘American Idol’ revival not worth watching without Ryan Seacrest, say 54% of readers

While ABC has confirmed that Katy Perry will be one of the judges on its revival of”American Idol,” it has not announced who will be sitting in the other two chairs. Nor has it revealed whether Ryan Seacrest, who emceed all 15 seasons of the show on Fox, will be returning as host.

We asked if you would watch the reboot if Seacrest is not at the helm. Just over half of you (54%) said you would not tune in to this mid-season replacement if Seacrest was not hosting? If you haven’t yet, be sure to cast your vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments section.

One wonders how interested “American Idol” producer Fremantle is in having Seacrest return to this one-time ratings juggernaut. The powers-that-be 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. 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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