Ryan Seacrest might be the host of American Idol, and an all-around radio personality extraordinaire, and but he also has a surprising connection to reality star Kim Kardashian.

Not only has Ryan been friends with Kim and her family for years, but he also serves as a producer for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim & Kourtney Take Miami, and all of their E! reality shows.

So when Ryan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week, Ellen made sure to ask what he thought of Kimmy’s headline-grabbing pregnancy — especially considering what it could mean in his show ratings!

“Now she’s pregnant. You’ve got to be like, “Oh my God, that’s the best thing that could have possibly happened,” Ellen said.

Ryan, however, pretended not to get her meaning. “For a couple?” he asked. “You mean for a couple that’s in love that wants to have kids?”

“Yeah. That, too,” Ellen deadpanned. “But, you know...”

Credit: YouTube/Ellen DeGeneres Show Photo: Ryan Seacrest on Ellen DeGeneres: American Idol 2013, Pregnant Kim Kardashian, Julianne Hough Wedding and More! (VIDEO)

In all seriousness, though, Ryan seems genuinely excited for Kim and her boyfriend Kanye West to welcome their little bundle of joy.

“I was thrilled for them, personally, because I’ve known them, and they are a fantastic family. I love those girls, and Mama Jenner. So it was great news.” 

Aww, he calls her Mama Jenner! Too cute.  Let’s all sit in a friendship circle, guys. Group hugs all around.

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show