ABC’s rebooted “American Idol” will have at least one big thing in common with the old version on FOX: the show’s host.
Ryan Seacrest announced Thursday morning on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” that he’ll once again serve as host of the show when it relaunches on ABC in spring 2018. He’ll continue to host “Live” along with Kelly Ripa when “Idol” returns.
The network previously announced Katy Perry as one of the “Idol” judges; the other spots haven’t been filled yet. Nationwide auditions kick off on Aug. 17.
“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what ‘American Idol’ means to me,” Seacrest says. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal.”
Speculation about whether Seacrest would resume hosting duties on “Idol” has swirled since ABC confirmed it was relaunching the show. The primary question was one of logistics, since “Live with Kelly and Ryan” tapes in New York and production on “American Idol” has always been based in Los Angeles.
ABC hasn’t said when “Idol” will premiere or where on the schedule it will land. Seacrest’s involvement, however, suggests a Sunday slot — rumored to be the landing place for the show — is very much in play. That would allow Seacrest to host “Live” during the week, then fly to Los Angeles for his “Idol” gig on the weekends.