Following reports that Ryan Seacrest might move on to a new project in his career, this Monday Fox television network cleared the air. According to Variety, Ryan Seacrest signed a new two-year deal with “American Idol”.
For the upcoming two years, Ryan Seacrest will remain the host of the loveable “American Idol”. However for the two year extension, Fox is rumored to have agreed to pay Ryan Seacrest $15 million per year. The network hasn’t released a comment yet regarding the $15 million per year contract, but with Seacrest’s 11 seasons experience on the set of “American Idol” making sure the host stays was without a doubt a priority.
Over the past few weeks, the media has been saying that it’s likely Ryan Seacrest is going to jump the show, just as Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have. But for the network, Ryan is an important part of the show. “American Idol” creator, Simon Fuller, said that he couldn’t “imagine the show without him”, but in the world of entertainment tomorrow could bring a whole different point of view.
An insider confirmed for The Hollywood Reporter Simon Fuller’s little appraisal speech. Apparently, without Ryan Seacrest there’s no show, since producers are looking at him as “the glue” that keeps “American Idol” tight.
Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox network, said that Ryan Seacrest “is an integral part of why American Idol is a true phenomenon, and we can’t imagine doing this show without him”.
Ryan Seacrest seemed also quite happy with the two year extension on his “American Idol” deal. He said: “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”.
However, with another two year term on “American Idol”, Ryan Seacrest might be taking more than he could handle. He has signed on a separate deal with NBC for coverage on the 2012 London Games and last Friday a foundation carrying his name was launched. The first in order of business was to name Selena Gomez as the foundation’s first charity ambassador.