Ryan Seacrest will remain the host of “American Idol” for at least two more seasons. Seacrest has hosted the show since its June 2002 debut, and he’ll earn $30 million total under this new contract.
“For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with ‘American Idol’ to continue,” Seacrest said. “The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working ‘Idol’ crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job. I especially appreciate the support and confidence of Peter Rice, Mike Darnell and the entire FOX team — as well as the support of everyone at FremantleMedia North America — and I look forward to continuing our partnership.”
Simon Fuller, the show’s executive producer and creator, praised Seacrest’s on-screen abilities, calling him “the consummate host and an exemplary professional.” Are you glad he’s signed on for two more seasons?