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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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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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Tim Urban Sings, Talks 'Idol' on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 27th 2010 3:55AM
Tim Urban Performs on 'Late Show'"Teflon" Tim Urban didn't get his chance to sing one last time on the 'American Idol' stage following his elimination. But at least he was invited to perform on the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) and chat with David Letterman -- not your average, everyday occurrences.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
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It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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'American Idol' - 'Seven Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:23PM
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This season has actually gone by pretty quickly for me. Top 7? That's completely nuts, yet here we are. Plus, we get a bitchin' mentor this week: Alicia Keys. The theme this week is the nebulous, "songs of inspiration," which could either be completely ridiculous or pretty cool.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit more of the former instead of the latter. I don't know what it is, but when left to basically their own devices, these guys aren't very good at picking songs. Just about everybody gave pretty much a "take it or leave it" performance. Of course, it wouldn't be 'Idol' if there wasn't a standout or two in the crowd.

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Do Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest Truly Not Like Each Other? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 20th 2010 4:11AM
Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres Talk 'Idol' on 'Larry King Live'Larry King has interviewed some 40,000 politicians, athletes and entertainers -- basically every individual the culture's currently buzzing about. Last night on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) he spoke with 'American Idol's' judges, and it was time to get to the bottom of the Simon Cowell-Ryan Seacrest banter: Is it an act, or do they really not like each other?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Adam Lambert Should Replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2010 2:04PM
adam_lambert_fox_american_idolThis hasn't been a particularly exciting season of 'American Idol.' The addition of Ellen DeGeneres has rated a 'B-minus' at best, and that's if you're grading on a curve. The contestants have failed to create the buzz we've heard in previous seasons.

The absence of Paula Abdul as a judge has given rise to rumors that she's going to be asked back next season to bring back the 'train wreck' factor. And then there's the reality that Simon Cowell has been punching the clock, sort of sleepwalking through the competition which will be his last go round with 'Idol.'

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'American Idol' - 'Two of 9 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:22PM
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After Big Mike's dramatic save last week, this show is being set up to be super-intense. Not only have the judges used their only save, but as the title indicates, two people are going home. But before that, we need a lot of filler. We have performances by Brooke White and Adam Lambert, which wow -- I enjoyed Brooke when she was on the show, but I can honestly say I haven't thought of her since.

We don't start off the show with any of this. Instead, we start off with the longest Elvis medley ever. It was so long, in fact, that I'm pretty sure they sang every single Elvis song ever written, four songs written by Elvis impersonators, and a verse from "Allison," just to round things out a little bit.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 9 Compete ... Again' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:08AM
American Idol, Casey James, Elvis Week"My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours." - Ryan Seacrest to Adam Lambert

It was an interesting night on 'American Idol,' as that statement suggests. Obviously, Ryan was talking about Adam's tongue action while singing, but when he said it, Adam's eyebrows went up. He and Ryan would make a cute couple, wouldn't they?

Anyway, Ryan's mom was in the audience, too, which made things even more interesting. That and the fact that after Big Mike's save last week -- which I'm thankful for -- the Idols are definitely feeling the pressure. Two -- count 'em, two -- people will be sent packing this week.

Based on the performances, I'm guessing they won't be the ones we predict. Meaning that Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia will still be here after tonight. Ok, maybe not Andrew.

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Didi Benami Sings, Talks Ryan Seacrest on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:29AM
Didi Benami Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'Now that she's off 'American Idol,' perhaps she could speak frankly on a few things about 'Idol' that appear to be bugging David Letterman. That seemed to be the premise when she visited the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) last night and performed Kara DioGuardi's "Terrified."

Dave asked her, "By the way, why is Ryan Seacrest on this show?" and "What about that Simon Cowell -- what is he sitting on?"

Didi gave some tactful answers and added that -- like other ex-'Idol' contestants this year -- she was grateful for Ellen Degeneres' presence on the judges' panel. "She added comic relief," Didi explained.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Nine Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 12:28AM
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We're finally into the single digits tonight, but we're still going for two hours. It's Lennon/McCartney night, and Seacrest starts out by saying they have the most recognizable songs in the world. Would you agree with that? Do you think that they or Elvis were more popular worldwide? In any case, Paul McCartney gave his blessing to these contestants, so here's hoping they don't screw it up. Of course, just based on Siobhan's outfit alone, I'm a little nervous going into it.

Turns out, though, I have nothing to be nervous about. Overall, this is my favorite episode of 'Idol' so far this season. There were several performances that I enjoyed, and many that took me by surprise. Plus, 'Idol' instituted a new thing that I actually like: the interviews in which the contestants talk about each other. It was cool to hear how people are perceived in the house, but more than that, Crystal's comment about how she loves the fact that Andrew and Lee can get married and have lots of "little Danny Gokey babies" is still cracking me up.

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Ryan Seacrest on His Feud with Simon Cowell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 6th 2010 9:20PM
Ryan Seacrest on His Feud with Simon CowellRyan Seacrest appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) on Tuesday in order to take audience questions about 'American Idol.' Also appearing with him, as you may have guessed, was his 'Idol' co-star ... Ellen DeGeneres! A question from an audience member named Yolanda centered on Seacrest's stormy relationship with Simon Cowell. Seacrest and Cowell have recently been fighting during this past season of 'Idol.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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