Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough are one of our favorite celeb couples, but did you know the American Idol host almost never got the chance to meet the Dancing With the Stars beauty?
 
Seacrest apparently approached former DWTS co-host Samantha Harris to introduce him to Hough, but Samantha wouldn't do it. Why? She thought Seacrest was too old!
 
Since American Idol shoots in the same studio as DWTS, it sounds like Samantha had to play hall monitor to keep a certain older TV host away from a lovely young pro dancer.

"I remember back when I worked with Ryan at E! News, he asked me to set him up with Julianne,” Samantha told Us Weekly at the premiere of Julianne’s new film, Safe Haven. “I did not set them up, but he asked me to! I said, 'She's too young for you, stay away!'"

Samantha said Ryan was first drawn to Julianne when she debuted on DWTS Season 4 (which she would go on to win with Apolo Anton Ohno). "I said, 'No, no, no. She's very young'. She was maybe 18 or 19 at the time and he's my age so I said, 'That's not happening!' But I'm excited to see how well they've done together. He's made her very happy and I think she's made him very happy."

They just needed the right time to get together. Besides, as much as we love them, he’s 38 and she’s 24 — that is a pretty big age difference and they could’ve easily veered into Creepy Country if they hadn’t waited until she was at least out of her teen years. Good call, Samantha!

Source: Us Weekly