Ryan Seacrest Expects to Remain on 'American Idol'
Despite his expanded role on NBC, the multi-tasking TV host and producer hopes to stay with the show that made him famous.
Ryan Seacrest was there in the beginning, and he's here to stay -- for now.
The multi-tasking TV host and producer said he intends to remain on American Idol, and that an official announcement is forthcoming. His Idol contract is set to expire after the current season.
"I plan to stay there," he told the Today show's Matt Lauer on Wednesday. "I expect to be on that show."
Eleven seasons in, American Idol has said goodbye to judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi, replacing them with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Seacrest, along with Randy Jackson, appeared on the Fox competition's 2002 debut, and Seacrest was soon stripped of his co-host, Brian Dunkleman.
Since then, Idol's unflappable traffic cop has launched a morning radio show, conquered countless red carpets as co-host of E! News and managed Ryan Seacrest Productions, which is responsible for the Kardashian shows and Bravo's Shahs of Sunset.
In his Lauer sitdown on NBC's Today, Seacrest announced his new gig hosting London's 2012 Olympic games for the network.