ABC has finally confirmed that Ryan Seacrest, who emceed all 15 seasons of “American Idol” on Fox, will be returning as host of the upcoming revival. We were worried that “American Idol” producer Fremantle wasn’t interested in having Seacrest return to this one-time ratings juggernaut after they 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 confirmed on Thursday’s show that is back on-board. We know that Katy Perry will be one of the judges but the occupants of the other two chairs remain a mystery. It is likely that the reboot will air on the alphabet net on Sunday and Monday evenings.
This will mean a lot of transcontinental trips for Seacrest. On Thursday, after pre-taping Friday’s “Live,” he will jet west and rehearse “Idol” over the weekend before doing it live on Sunday evening. Then he ‘ll 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.”
The TV academy may well reward the hard-working Seacrest 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.