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Seacrest in May 2013
Ryan John Seacrest

(1974-12-24) December 24, 1974 (age 46)
EducationDunwoody High School
University of Georgia
OccupationMedia personality, producer
Years active1990–present

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American media personality and producer. He is the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, as well as the host of multiple media platforms, including American Idol, American Top 40, and On Air with Ryan Seacrest.[1][2][3]

In 2006, Seacrest became co-host and executive producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He remained host and executive producer of the annual show broadcast from Times Square in New York City following Dick Clark's death in 2012.[4] Seacrest began co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan on a permanent basis May 1, 2017.[5]

Seacrest received Emmy Award nominations for American Idol from 2004 to 2013, and again in 2016. He won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in 2010 and was nominated again in 2012.[6] In 2018, Seacrest received nominations for Live with Kelly and Ryan in Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment as well as Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.[7][8]

Early life and education

Ryan Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia,[9] the son of Constance Marie (née Zullinger), a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer.[10][11] His father served as a lieutenant in the US Army and his grandfather, Henry Gene Skeen, was a major general in the US Army.[12] His mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, Ryan would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house."[13]

At age 14, he attended Dunwoody High School. At age 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won an internship at 94.1 WSTR (FM) in Atlanta where Tom Sullivan trained him in the many aspects of radio. When a regular DJ called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the first show of his broadcasting career.[14] Seacrest was given the weekend overnight shift at WSTR.[13]

Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High in 1992.[15] Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in fall 1992. He continued his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left the university at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career.[13]

In May 2016, Seacrest was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Georgia and gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony.[16][17][18]


Television hosting

Seacrest at 2008 Primetime Emmys at Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles

In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN's Radical Outdoor Challenge. He also hosted three kids' game shows, Gladiators 2000 from 1994 to 1996 (a spinoff of the television show, American Gladiators), Wild Animal Games in 1995, and Click in 1997. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in "The Final Proof".[19] In the fall and winter of 2000, Seacrest was the host of The NBC Saturday Night Movie.[20] During commercial breaks, he offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by answering online on NBCi. In 2001, he hosted a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge,[10] where elaborate practical jokes were played on family and friends instigated by their own relatives and friends. It was shown on TNN from 2001 to 2003.[19][21]

American Idol

In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of a new Fox reality television series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman. The following year, he became the sole host. When the show increased in popularity, seen by some 26 million viewers weekly, Seacrest became recognizable around the world. In 2003, Seacrest hosted the spin-off show, American Juniors.[19] In July 2009, Seacrest inked a deal with CKX for $45 million to continue to host American Idol, making him the highest paid reality television host at that time.[22] In April 2012, he signed a two-year, $30 million deal to stay on as host of American Idol.[23] In May 2014, Deadline Hollywood reported that Seacrest had signed a one-year deal with the option of another year.[24] He remained host of the series until the end of its run in April 2016.[25] The following May, it was announced that ABC had won a multi-network bidding war for the rights to the show. On July 20, 2017, Seacrest announced on Live with Kelly & Ryan that he would be the host of an Idol reboot. His initial multi-year deal was reported to be worth over $10 million.[26][27]

New Year's Rockin' Eve

In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. On December 31, 2005, Seacrest performed much of the show's hosting duties. Dick Clark's role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke. Seacrest also occasionally served as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live, and co-emceed Larry King's final show with Bill Maher on December 16, 2010.[19]

In 2009, ABC renamed the program Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, to reflect Seacrest's role. The 40th Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin’ Eve, co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest, delivered ABC's biggest New Years' numbers in twelve years, with 22.8 million viewers.[28]

When Dick Clark died, Seacrest publicly remembered his mentor's impact on his life in a special tribute in The Hollywood Reporter.[29] After Clark's death, Seacrest hosted the 2013 edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Fergie paying tribute to Dick Clark in the pre-show.[30] In October 2013, Seacrest signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Productions to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.[31] In 2017, Seacrest hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve for the 13th consecutive year alongside Jenny McCarthy, who had co-hosted for eight years and brought in 25.6 million viewers, the highest in six years.[32][33] The 2019-20 edition of Rockin' Eve marked Seacrest's 15th consecutive year as the host alongside Lucy Hale.

E! and NBC

In January 2006, US cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages.[34]

In April 2012, Seacrest signed a deal with NBCUniversal expanding his on-air role beyond E! to NBC. He contributed to the Today Show, Olympics coverage, entertainment programming, as well as news and other special events. Seacrest will remain managing editor of E! News and host and produce its red carpet awards show coverage.[35]

In September 2012, Seacrest left E! News and was replaced by Terrence J.[36]

Seacrest was an NBC correspondent for the 2012 London Olympic Games and co-hosted the closing ceremony with Bob Costas and Al Michaels.[37] In 2016, Seacrest hosted NBC's live late-night coverage for the Rio Olympic Games.[38]

Live with Kelly and Ryan

After a year-long search, on May 1, 2017, it was announced that Seacrest would join Kelly Ripa as host of Live with Kelly and Ryan as her new permanent co-host and executive producer. Seacrest succeeded Michael Strahan, and started his duties on the day of the announcement.[5] By December 2017, the show was averaging over 3 million viewers.[39]

Other shows

In 2013, Seacrest hosted The Million Second Quiz, an interactive game show on NBC.[40]

Seacrest hosted Knock Knock Live in 2015, which premiered on Fox. The show featured celebrities arriving at the door of ordinary people who've done something special and giving them a prize.[41] However, the show was cancelled after two episodes.[42][43]

Radio hosting

In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40,[44] a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees.[45] The show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, since 2017 Seacrest has been broadcasting from a studio at the facilities of WABC-TV in New York City, where Live with Kelly and Ryan is produced.[46][47] Seacrest renewed his contract with Premiere and KIIS parent company iHeartMedia in September 2021, a contract that will last through the end of 2025.[48]

In 2018, Seacrest was inducted into the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation's 16th Annual Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts.[49]

Television producing

Seacrest in September 2012

Seacrest's three-year hosting deal with E! included executive producing credits on various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages.[34] That same year, Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP); in August 2008, Seacrest named his longtime William Morris Agent, Adam Sher, as CEO.[50] Comcast had first-look rights for all RSP shows through January 2012.[51] Clear Channel acquired a minority stake in RSP in early 2012, but the company no longer has a first look deal with any network.[52]

Seacrest remains managing editor of E! News and executive produces its red carpet awards show coverage but no longer hosts (since January 2012) E! News on a daily basis.[53]

An Associated Press profile portrayed Seacrest as using both the deal with E! and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve as springboards to a long-lasting career in television production and ownership.[54]

Seacrest produces the hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the highest-rated show on the E! network, and the spin-offs Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. RSP also produced the Emmy Award-winning ABC reality series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. RSP also produced two new reality series in 2012 including Melissa and Tye, which aired on CMT and Shahs of Sunset for Bravo. Bravo announced a second season of Shahs of Sunset on April 18, 2012.[55] RSP's new show Married to Jonas premiered on August 19, 2012 on E! and was renewed for a second season.[56]

On January 31, 2012, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital announced they would invest up to $300M in Ryan Seacrest Media.[57] A consortium headed by Seacrest (with partners AEG and CAA) agreed to rebrand Mark Cuban's HDNet television network as AXS TV.[58]

In 2017, Seacrest signed a multi-year overall deal between Ryan Seacrest Productions and ABC Studios in which the company's scripted division would develop scripted projects for ABC Studios exclusively.[59][60]

In 2018, Seacrest joined the Paley Center for Media's Board of Trustees.[61]

Business ventures

Seacrest was a principal investor in the Typo keyboard, which aimed at cloning the Blackberry physical keyboard for use with iPhone devices that launched in 2014. The Typo keyboard was discontinued in a 2015 patent settlement with Blackberry Ltd.[62] He is also an investor and partner at Pathwater, a brand of purified water offered in a refillable aluminum bottle.[63][64]


Seacrest worked with Burberry's Christopher Bailey who designed Seacrest's suits for red carpet events as well as New Year's Eve since 2009 and American Idol starting in 2010. Seacrest wore close-fitting suits and decided to make something similar for a wider audience at an "accessible" price point.

In 2013, in conjunction with Randa Apparel & Accessories, Seacrest developed his own clothing and accessories collection, "Ryan Seacrest Distinction." The Randa/Seacrest partnership formed an exclusive retail partnership with Macy's to sell the brand, successfully launched in 2014, consisting of suit separates, sports coats and evening wear manufactured by Peerless Clothing International, accessories including ties, pocket squares, belts, wallets, cufflinks, and jewelry, produced by Randa Accessories, and dress shirts from PVH (produced later by Itochu Prominent, which also added sportswear in September 2017).[65][66][67]

Seacrest partnered with dermatologist Harold Lancer to produce the men's skincare line Polished.[68] The line has five items, which are designed for easy use.[69][70][71] Seacrest announced the line in August 2017 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[72]


In 2010, Seacrest launched the nonprofit Ryan Seacrest Foundation.[73] The foundation has ten centers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's National Medical Center, Levine Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Children's Medical Center Dallas, Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado.[74] In April 2012, Seacrest named Selena Gomez Ambassador of the Foundation.[75] In February 2017, the foundation partnered with the Atlanta Braves to promote the non-profit at SunTrust Park. Seacrest did voice work for the Braves' "Welcome Home" broadcast media campaign.[76][77]

Seacrest serves on the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[78] and honorary co-chair of the GRAMMY Foundation board,[79] which later merged with the GRAMMY Museum and became the GRAMMY Museum Foundation.[80]

Personal life

Seacrest had a two-year on-and-off relationship with model Sara Jean Underwood, which was revealed on The Howard Stern Show in 2009.[81]

In April 2010, Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress, and singer known for participating in Dancing with the Stars.[82][83] On March 15, 2013, it was announced that their relationship had ended.[84] They were dating for over two years before the split.[85]

On May 14, 2016, he returned to the University of Georgia to give advice to alumni and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.[86]

Seacrest began a relationship with model Shayna Taylor in 2017.[87] In the summer of 2020, they announced they were no longer together.[88]

On November 17, 2017, it was reported that Seacrest was under investigation for sexual harassment allegations by a former E! wardrobe stylist.[89] Seacrest denied the allegations,[90] and also said that "This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused."[91] On February 1, 2018, the Associated Press reported that the E! channel's investigation into the claims had closed and that there was insufficient evidence to support the claims.[92]




Year Show Role
1995–2003 98.7 FM 1pm to 4pm
2003 Radio Music Awards co-host
2004, 2008–present On Air with Ryan Seacrest host, executive producer
2004–present American Top 40 host
2004–present 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles Morning Drive time Personality with co-host Sisanie.
Present KYSR, WSTR On-Air Personality


Year Title Role
2007 Knocked Up Himself[93][94]
2008 Get Smart as himself (hosting American Top 40)
2010 Shrek Forever After voice of the father of "Butter Pants"
2011 New Year's Eve as himself (hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve)
2020 The Stand In as himself


Year Title Role
1995 Gladiators 2000 co-host
1995 Wild Animal Games host
1995 Reality Check Jack Craft
1996 The New Edge host
1996 CNET Central co-host
1997 Click host[19]
1999 Hey Arnold! Fighting Families host
2000 The NBC Saturday Night Movie host
2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 episode The Final Proof, Lover's Lane Host
2000 Disneyland 2000: 45 Years of Magic host
2002 Ultimate Revenge host
2002–present American Idol Co-Host (season 1); Host (season 2 – present)
2003 American Juniors host
2003 America's Party: Live from Las Vegas host
2003 Good Day Live Guest host
2003–10 Larry King Live Guest host, substitute host
2004 New Year's Eve Live from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest executive producer
2004 On Air with Ryan Seacrest executive producer
2005 Robot Chicken Himself
2005 Mind of Mencia himself
2005 Punk'd himself, one episode
2005–present Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve host, executive producer
2005–present Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade host
2006–15 E! News co-host
2006–present E! Live from the Red Carpet executive producer
2007 59th Primetime Emmy Awards host
2007 Paradise City executive producer
2007 Crash My School executive producer
2007–08 American Idol Rewind Host
2007–17 Keeping Up with the Kardashians executive producer, creator
2008 Super Bowl XLII Host for pregame and halftime shows
2008 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Co-Host
2008 Victoria's Secret: What Is Sexy? 2008 executive producer, TV movie
2008–09 Momma's Boys creator, executive producer
2008–09 Bromance creator, executive producer
2008–09 Denise Richards: It's Complicated creator, executive producer
2009–10 Bank of Hollywood producer
2009–13 Kourtney & Kim Take Miami executive producer
2009 2009 Academy Awards host on E!
2009–10 Bank of Hollywood executive producer
2010–11 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution executive producer
2010 The Simpsons episode Judge Me Tender, himself (voice)
2011 Kourtney and Kim Take New York executive producer
2011 The Dance Scene executive producer
2011 Khloé & Lamar executive producer
2011 I Kid with Brad Garrett executive producer
2012 Melissa & Tye executive producer
2012 Married to Jonas executive producer
2013 The Wanted Life executive producer
2013 Ryan Seacrest with Selena Gomez host, executive producer, TV Movie Documentary
2013 The Million Second Quiz host, executive producer
2013 How I Rock It executive producer
2014 Montecito executive producer
2014 Mixology executive producer
2014 I Wanna Marry "Harry" creator, producer (2 episodes)
2014 Webheads executive producer
2014 Fashion Rocks executive producer, Host
2014 Preaching Alabama executive producer
2012 Shahs of Sunset executive producer
2015 Knock Knock Live executive producer, Host
2016 Rob & Chyna executive producer (1 episode)
2016 Sugar & Sparks executive producer (1 episode)
2016–17 Shades of Blue executive producer
2017 Life of Kylie executive producer
2017–present Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host, executive producer
2018 Insatiable executive producer
2018 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Himself
announced Untitled Gabriel Iglesias Comedy Show executive producer


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American Idol host
2002–2016; 2018–present
With: Brian Dunkleman (2002)
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Preceded by Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve host
Served alongside: Dick Clark (2006–2012)
Jenny McCarthy (2010–2019)
Lucy Hale (2020)
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With: Kelly Ripa
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