Credit: Michael Becker/FOX Photo: Ryan Seacrest Crosses the Stage on May 24, 2011

It’s official!
 
American Idol's Ryan Seacrest is staying with the show — at least for the next two years. The host, who has been with Idol since its debut in 2002, has renewed his contract with Fox for an additional two years. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the deal is worth a cool $15 million a year for Seacrest.

“For the last 11 seasons, I've had the privilege to be a part of one of television's most iconic shows,” Seacrest said in a press release. “It's been a wild ride, and I'm excited for my journey with American Idol to continue. The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working Idol crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job.”

“Ryan is one of a kind,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment. “His ability to engage the viewers, keep the contestants at ease during intense moments and adapt to any situation, especially during the live shows, solidifies him as the absolute best in the business. He is an integral part of why American Idol is a true phenomenon, and we can't imagine doing this show without him.”

Good thing, because we can’t imagine the show without him either!

Source: Press release, The Hollywood Reporter

 

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