For one night only, a sickly Ryan Seacrest will relinqush his “American Idol” hosting post for the first time ever in 17 seasons. As a new clip shared by People magazine revealed, radio host and in-house mentor Bobby Bones will step in as emcee of the April 8 episode.
“Welcome to ‘American Idol.’ Now, I am not Ryan Seacrest — I am Bobby Bones,” the “Dancing with the Stars” champ says in the episode featuring the second half of the Top 20 contestants doing duets with celebrities that was filmed weeks ago. “Sadly, Ryan is sick, and I look most like him so they asked me to fill his shoes tonight.”
“Ryan, love you, buddy,” Bones added, “hope you get better.” Turns out, Seacrest actually gave him some actual shoes to fill for his 39th birthday on April 2, a pair of red Jordans, he revealed in a video posted on his official Twitter account for his radio show,”The Bobby Bones Show.”
“So Seacrest sent me these Jordans,” Bones said in footage shared in a tweet. According to a post on the website for the radio program, Seacrest signed the card: “Thanks for filling in my shoes for me on ‘American Idol.’ ” Bones explained his sudden upgrade in “Idol” duties was due to Seacrest being under the weather, adding, “”And that’s like going, ‘Hey, backup quarterback, we need you to jump in for Tom Brady real quick.’ ” Bones felt good about his performance and thought he did “pretty good.”
— Bobby Bones Show (@bobbybonesshow) April 4, 2019
The Monday episode that airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC is an important milestone that will reveal which seven singing hopefuls will join Sunday night’s line-up and complete the Top 14.
Seacrest has been the host of “American Idol” since the singing competition show premiered in 2002. Since then, his emcee duties have expanded. He’s the co-host for ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” morning chat show and also oversees the morning radio show,”On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” In addition he produces TV series for E! and does red-carpet duty at awards shows. He also is the executive producer and co-host of the annual ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”