Brian Dunkleman: Co-Host, American Idol
After co-hosting American Idol’s first season with Ryan Seacrest, comedian Brian Dunkleman gave up his post to pursue other ventures. D’oh!
"I really left the show to pursue an acting career. I wanted to be a performer and not someone who introduces other performers," Brian spilled to Inside Edition. "I'm not saying it was a good decision because, obviously with the success of the show, it's a difficult decision to think back on [but] think I did the right thing."
He continues, "I agonized over it, really, but I quite honestly had a very difficult time with how cruel the show was. It really affected me."