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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15AM
Ryan SeacrestIt's been reported that Ryan Seacrest is in talks to replace 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer if he steps down from the NBC morning show next year. 'The Wall Street Journal' first reported that Seacrest met network executives for preliminary talks earlier this week to discuss him joining the show.

That report has since been confirmed by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' which spoke to multiple sources who said that the meeting did indeed take place, but that it was part of ongoing discussions with Seacrest.

Executives who reportedly attended the meeting included 'Today' executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

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Giuliana Rancic Speaks Out About Her Cancer Battle (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 18th 2011 6:30AM
Giuliana RancicYesterday morning Giuliana Rancic stunned Ann Curry and the 'Today' show audience when she revealed live on-air that she has breast cancer.

Now she has spoken candidly to her 'E! News' co-host Ryan Seacrest about her diagnosis and her decision to take something so private and place it out there in the public domain.

Speaking to Seacrest via satellite from New York Monday night Rancic said that she was "a nervous wreck" before going on-air, but that she's glad she did it.

"I feel like such a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I've been keeping this secret from a lot of dear friends for a while now and it's nice to get it out there and not hide anymore."

Rancic also hopes that by going public with her battle she can help educate women about the importance of regular breast exams and screening.

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Julianne Hough Mocks Ryan Seacrest's Dance Skills on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 4:45AM
Julianne Hough, 'The Tonight Show'It looks like having studios that bump up against one another can be good for romance. Julianne Hough met boyfriend Ryan Seacrest repeatedly while they were on their respective shows, 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'American Idol.' On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), she talked a little about how he wooed her, and his dancing skills.

According to Hough, she could tell Seacrest was into her during a radio interview she did on his show. The only slightly awkward part was that she was there with her then-boyfriend at the time.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Books '90210' Role, Melissa McCarthy Working on New Comedy Project & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 19th 2011 6:05PM
Billy Ray CyrusBilly Ray Cyrus is heading to Beverly Hills. Miley's papa will play Judd Ridge, the father of new '90210' character Austin (Justin Deeley).

According to EW, Cyrus' character is a country star. He's really working those acting chops, huh? His episode will air in November.

Cyrus hosts TLC's 'Surprise Homecoming' and is at work on a Syfy reality series about urban legends. His last acting role was in Disney's 'Hannah Montana.'

In other TV news ...

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Ryan Seacrest Donates a TV and Radio Studio to Philly's Children's Hospital (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 15th 2011 2:30PM
Ryan Seacrest at the Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia on 'Today''American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest unveiled a new radio and TV studio in the lobby of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). His Ryan Seacrest Foundation footed the bill for the closed-circuit studio, which broadcasts to other rooms in the hospital. The system is nicknamed 'The Voice,' and the Seacrest Foundation has installed a similar system in the Children's Healthcare Pediatric Hospital in his home town of Atlanta.

"It's meant for the kids to come down and use," he explained. "They can be a DJ or a host, they can be interviewed, they can interview each other. And also we'll have celebrity guests stop by and perform for them. But I wanted to come up with something that they can do while they're here, because some of them are here for quite a while."

The first of those celebrity guests was schedule to stop in Friday for a surprise visit, except it didn't surprise AJ, one of the kids at the hospital, who knew it would be Selena Gomez. "I said, 'That not a surprise if you know already. How did you find out?'" Seacrest asked AJ. Turns out a construction worker told him "by accident." AJ may have a future in investigative journalism.

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Who's Replacing Regis Philbin? Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen, Mark Consuelos on Short List

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 20th 2011 6:10AM
Regis PhilbinEver since Regis Philbin announced his impeding retirement live on-air back in January, speculation's been rife as to who will replace him on 'Live! With Regis and Kelly.'

Now one report says that the morning show's distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, have narrowed the field to just three candidates.

According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' those candidates are: TV hosts Ryan Seacrest ('American Idol') and Andy Cohen ('Watch What Happens Live'), and co-host Kelly Ripa's husband, actor and TV host Mark Consuelos ('All My Children').

In contrast to the 79-year old Philbin, they're all relatively young, with Cohen the oldest at age 43. All three are veterans of hosting live TV, and both Cohen and Consuelos have filled in for Philbin recently.

The 'WSJ' reports that producers plan to reboot 'Live!' once Philbin steps down in November. So who's got the edge?

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'American Idol': Top 3 Elimination Results Recap

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 19th 2011 10:45PM
After 95 million record-setting votes, the most ever at this point in the competition, we learned the fate of the final three.

But not before Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent, accompanied by a very loud smoke machine, took to the stage for our entertainment. Add J.J. Abrams and an Italian boy band to the mix and you've got yourself another totally random results show. Also on tap was a more extensive look at the Top 3 homecoming visits this past weekend.

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Scotty McCreery Makes His Father Proud on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 1:17AM
Scotty McCreery, 'American Idol'With a special two-hour episode tonight, 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) took a little extra time to talk to some of the finalist's families out in the audience. Particular attention was paid to the youngest contestants and their parents.

After Scotty McCreery got rave reviews for tackling Kenny Rogers' 'She Believes in Me,' Ryan Seacrest threw it out to his dad in the audience to get a handle on what it's like as the father of a teenage boy to see your son competing at this level.

"Words really can't describe how proud we all are of him," his father said in a low voice much like his famous son's.

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Ryan Seacrest Used to Co-Host a Show With a Chimpanzee, Leno Has Footage (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 6:04AM
Ryan Seacrest, 'The Tonight Show'Jay Leno is having a lot of fun lately dredging up old television footage that he can use to embarrass his guests on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC). His latest victim was Ryan Seacrest.

As everyone knows by now, Seacrest is working toward becoming the king of all media, but even a king has to start somewhere. One of his earliest forays into television hosting was a show on the old Family Channel called 'Wild Animal Games.'

When asked about the footage, Seacrest joked, "I've gotten rid of all of it. I've hired a lot of people to get rid of it."

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Teri Hatcher Talks Dating Ryan Seacrest (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 13th 2011 5:10PM

Teri Hatcher on 'The Wendy Williams Show'Teri Hatcher and Ryan Seacrest? There have been rumors the two were dating, something Hatcher disputed today on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Hatcher explained the two were set up on a blind date by a friend whom Hatcher said is now "off the blind date list."

Hatcher looked like she just wanted to put the whole thing behind her. "It was years ago," she said. "It's fine. He's fine. He's great." Williams pressed for details, including what Hatcher wore and whether the date was painful and long. Hatcher said it was fine and ended in a little peck of a kiss.

"You didn't know he was rich at the time," said Williams. "No, I didn't know photographers were shooting," Hatcher responded. Keeping photographers busy is just one of Seacrest's many jobs.

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Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 6th 2011 7:05AM
Stevie NicksIt's time to dust off the bustier, slide into some velvet and sew on some sequins! In news that will make music fans from several generations very, very happy indeed, it's been reported that both Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks will perform on the 'American Idol' season finale later this month.

According to Perez Hilton, the legendary Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter will take to the 'Idol' stage for what promises to be an epic performance.

There's been no word yet if we'll get to see a Stevie-Gaga duet, but it's likely that many minds will be blown by just the possibility of such a spectacular hook-up.

And that's not all Lady Gaga will be doing on 'Idol.' According to host Ryan Seacrest, the 'Born This Way' singer will be next week's mentor.

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Ryan Seacrest's New NBC Music Series: What Does It Mean for 'American Idol'?

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 3rd 2011 2:30PM
With NBC's 'The Voice' proving a hit and Simon Cowell's monstrous U.K. series, 'The X Factor' just a few months away from landing stateside, can you blame Ryan Seacrest for hopping on the music reality competition bandwagon? He is, after all, only the host of the most successful show of its kind in the U.S., 'American Idol.'

Th New York Post broke the news, yesterday, that Seacrest's production company is partnering with NBC on a new music talent show. Sounds exciting, but what about that old music talent show, he's still hosting, 'American Idol'?

The Fox ratings workhorse may not occupy the same space in the pop culture zeitgeist it once did, in this post-'Glee' world, but that doesn't make it any less of a hit, ten years after its premiere. The news of Seacrest's big plans certainly begs some big questions, however. Though details on the deal are sparse, here's what we do know and how it might affect the show that made him a star, 'American Idol.'

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Nicole Scherzinger to Host 'The X Factor'

by PopEater Staff, posted May 3rd 2011 7:20AM
Nicole ScherzingerEver since Simon Cowell announced that he was bringing 'The X Factor' stateside the rumor mill's been working overtime. And now it's been reported that Pussycat Doll star Nicole Scherzinger will soon be announced as the host of the new show.

According to PEOPLE, Scherzinger will join judges Antonio "L.A." Reid and Cowell himself on the U.S. version of the hit U.K. show, with the third judging slot yet to be filled.

Cowell appeared on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM radio show in March and dished about Scherzinger, saying, "I absolutely adore her. She's gorgeous and ruthlessly ambitious."

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Highlights and Winners From the '46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 3:25AM
Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood, '46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards'With Carrie Underwood not nominated this year for Entertainer of the Year at the '46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), her back-to-back winning streak was coming to an end. So the big question of the night was who would take home the prize. Especially as all five nominees had never taken home the honor before.

But that wasn't the only surprise, as there were several great performances, including a medley duet by former 'American Idol' winner Underwood and fresh-faced 'Idol' judge Steven Tyler.

He first joined her on-stage for her hit 'Undo It,' but soon they broke into Aerosmith's signature song 'Walk This Way,' where Underwood reminded us of that great rock edge her voice has.

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Hulk Hogan Makes a Surprise Appearance on 'Idol', Punches Ryan Seacrest (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2011 11:29PM
Proving it still knows how to have fun, 'American Idol' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) set up a special surprise for contestants James Durbin and Paul McDonald. After showing a clip of the two wrestling in the mansion, and Durbin's passionate talk about the sport, Ryan Seacrest set them up for the ultimate treat.

During the elimination, he positioned them on stage just so and then told them they weren't safe tonight. "I mean, you're really not safe," he said, stepping back as the doors opened behind the pair.

Standing there was Hulk Hogan, who came out with good news and bad news. Durbin was on his knees in shock and excitement at seeing one of his wrestling heroes in the flesh. To make the moment sweeter, Hogan revealed that both he and McDonald were safe. It was Seacrest, the Hulkster was after!

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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