Ryan Seacrest is a television personality, known for his hosting gig for the music competition show, American Idol. Additionally, Seacrest is also a radio show host and producer, hosting American Top40, as well as On Air With Ryan Seacrest, a morning radio show on KIIS-FM. In 2017 he became the permanent co-host for the show Live with Kelly and Ryan, which averages 3 million listeners.
Seacrest attended Dunwoody High School in Georgia and would go on to the University of Georgia in 1992 to study journalism. In 2016 he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the university. His first broadcasting job was at 16 years old, earning an internship at WSTR (FM), while he was still attending high school. He was put on air after the regular DJ called in sick, and as a result he was given the overnight shift during weekends. His television debut came in 1993, Seacrest hosting Radical Outdoor Challenge on ESPN. He went on to be a part of number of shows, including Gladiators 2000, Wild Animal Games and Click, as well as appearing in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Read this article from Men’s Journal about Seacrest’s weight loss struggle.
In 2002, according to GQ.com, he became the host of the then-new reality series American Idol. The show’s popularity, averaging 26 million weekly, turned Seacrest into a household name. He remained with the show throughout the years, and in 2009 he became the highest paid reality show host, signing a deal for $45 million to continue his duties on American Idol. Seacrest stayed on the show until its end in 2016, and later announced that he would continue hosting the reboot on the ABC network.
Besides his TV and radio positions, he also founded Ryan Seacrest Production, a production company that is responsible for many TV shows, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the NBC drama Shades of Blue, and the award-winning series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. He also owns a men’s skincare line, and a menswear collection under the brand Ryan Seacrest Distinction. His dedication and hard work both in and out of the broadcasting industry led Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) to becoming an international success.