Ryan Seacrest to Host FOX's '25th Anniversary Special'

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April 13th, 2012


via press release:

Hugh Laurie from HOUSE, Kelsey Grammer from THE SIMPSONS

and “Back To You” and Tommy Davidson from “In Living Color”

Added to Star-Studded Lineup of FOX Talent


Host of AMERICAN IDOL, national radio personality and television producer Ryan Seacrest will serve as the host of FOX’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, airing Sunday, April 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


“Who better than Ryan Seacrest – America’s best television host and 11-year member of our FOX family – to lead our 25th anniversary celebration,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “This is going to be an amazing trip down memory lane filled with plenty of surprises that will showcase our hits, our misses and everything in between.”


Hugh Laurie from HOUSE; Kelsey Grammar from THE SIMPSONS and “Back To You”; and Tommy Davidson from “In Living Color” join previously announced participants Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama from “That ’70s Show”; Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans from “In Living Color”; Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler from AMERICAN IDOL; Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal from “Married…With Children”; Kiefer Sutherland from “24” and TOUCH; Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Seth MacFarlane from FAMILY GUY, THE CLEVELAND SHOW and AMERICAN DAD; and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files.”


The star-studded special will pay tribute to FOX’s most memorable moments with appearances by FOX talent, highlights from iconic series and specials and reunions with cast members from some of the network’s fan-favorite series, among other surprises.


FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is executive-produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare will serve as producer and Louis J. Horvitz will direct the special.

  • Matthew

    Of course he is

  • BOTR

    No surprise there.

  • The Mike Factor

    How could it possibly be anyone else?

  • Rebecca

    I had hoped for Homer Simpson. Tired of Seacrest. I’ll still watch, though.

  • chicago_animal

    So Kelsey Grammar is representing the Simspons? They should have on the whole.damn cast! Simpsons and Al “4 Touchdowns in a single Game” Bundy are the ones who helped the network make it this long.

  • psychic

    But, he hosts everything.

  • Kaylie

    Ryan is an amazing host. He’s Emmy overdue!

  • I like this show

    Seacrest and Grammer ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Idol will be dead in 2-3 years and Grammer just provided a voice….Whatever show he was on…Back to you? SUCKED!

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Lol at Kelsey Grammar being on the special for representing ‘Back To You’, a crap canceled show.

  • cc

    Seacrest – out, please!

  • Joseph

    Sportscaster Pat Summerall, tho had been with Fox for it’s first 15 years of NFL coverage (and who I understand still makes public-speaking appearances in the Dallas/Fort Worth area) would also have been a logical choice to host.

  • TV Gord

    I love these kinds of specials. I enjoy recording them on my DVR, then going back and editing out the commercials, and then storing it on another disc for posterity. This one will be even more fun, because my challenge will be to edit out all of Seacrest without losing any of the actual content of the celebration. It shouldn’t be too difficult, since Seascrest rarely offers anything of substance, anyway.

  • John

    and unfortunaly for Grammer, that overrated boring waste of time Boss will be canceled at the end of season 2 when its ratings fall.

  • bluebear

    Grammer cracked me up for years on Cheers and Fraiser – give credit where credit is due. I can forgive Back to You (and Hank). Haven’t seen Boss (cable cutter) but I will enjoy seeing Grammer again on this special. I like him.

  • Rebecca

    I liked Back To You but it was more for the funny news show manager and for the field reporter played by the actor who now plays Phil Dunphy on Modern Family. I found those two guys hilarious. Wasn’t crazy about the rest of them.

  • Mike S

    Looks like their broadcast division is also trying to rewrite history. They’re saying their first network transmission was April 1987. Actually, the Late Show with Joan Rivers launched the network in 1986. It must be too painful for them to talk about.

  • Rebecca

    I can’t remember, did Magic Johnson’s or Chevy Chase’s ill-fated late night shows air on Fox or another network?

  • Matt

    MadTV and Malcolm in the Middle need representation, please!

  • Jay Gee

    Chevy Chase bombed on Fox.

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