Get to know Ryan Seacrest...
Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, network producer and voice actor. He is the host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show that airs on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and throughout the United States and Canada on Premiere Radio Networks, and the internationally syndicated chart show American Top 40, also syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. On television, Seacrest hosts E! News, and American Idol.
Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in an Atlanta suburb, Dunwoody, Georgia, the son of Constance Marie, a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, an attorney. He is of Swiss descent.
While attending Dunwoody High School, Seacrest interned at WSTR FM in Atlanta with Tom Sullivan who trained him in the many aspects of radio and put him on the air for the very first show of his broadcasting career. Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR FM until graduating High School.
After graduating from Dunwoody High School, Seacrest went on to to study journalism at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1993. There, he would continue his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left UGA at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to continue his broadcasting career.
In 1993, Seacrest hosted ESPN's Radical Outdoor Challenge. In 1994, a kids show called Gladiators 2000 was created as a spinoff television show of American Gladiators. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest for the first season. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in "The Final Proof".
In the fall of 2000, Seacrest was the host of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies. On Saturdays in the fall of 2000 through the spring of 2001 NBC would dedicate the 8–11 PM EST block to showing a major theatrical film. Seacrest would appear as the host during the commercial breaks. He offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by calling in a specific number. In 2001, he hosted a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge, where elaborate practical jokes were played on family and friends instigated by their own relatives and friends. Additionally in 2000, Ryan Seacrest hosted the International Hawaiian Tropic competition held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. He was hired for the hosting duties by Hawaiian Tropic founder, Ron Rice, as a result of his excellent voice and radio work in Los Angeles.
In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of the hit reality TV series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman. American Idol went on to mirror its UK ratings and popularity success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight. The following year, he became the sole host when Dunkleman left the show. In a 2005 interview on the syndicated Howard Stern Show, Dunkleman insisted that it was his idea to leave Idol, to pursue his career as an actor, but he was bitter at Seacrest's occasional put-downs after his departure. In 2003, Seacrest hosted the spin-off show, American Juniors. In January 2004, Seacrest launched a daily entertainment/variety/talk syndicated television program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled and aired its last episode on September 17, 2004.
In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS's morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees. This show, also known as On Air With Ryan Seacrest, remains on the air. Seacrest is the host, executive producer of this syndicated daily show airing on over 150 stations in North America alone, with affiliates worldwide.
In January 2005, Seacrest hosted the "Celebration of Freedom" concert in Washington, DC for President George W. Bush, the Bush family and the United States Military. In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and that he would be the producer-host's eventual successor. On December 31, 2005 Seacrest performed much of the show's hosting duties. Dick Clark's role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke. Seacrest also occasionally serves as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live.
In January 2006, U.S. cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host and produce various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages (E!'s signature piece of original programming). An Associated Press profile portrayed Seacrest as using both the deal with E! and the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve involvement as a springboard towards a long-lasting career in television production and ownership. In April 2006, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for co-hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. Seacrest had a cameo in the summer 2007 blockbuster film Knocked Up, where he steps out of his usual friendly host role on E! and rants about the stupidity of the interviews he has to conduct, noting that no one has anything to say about an exit strategy in Iraq or dealing with (presumably North) Korea. Seacrest hosted the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 2007. This is also the same year the reality show he produced Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered with mostly negative critical reaction, but favored among viewers.
In 2008, it was announced he had proposed two new shows: Bromance, a reality show on MTV featuring Brody Jenner, and an untitled scripted series he is producing with Paris Hilton.
Seacrest was executive producer for a new reality dating show, Momma's Boys, for NBC. According to a casting announcement, the series follows mothers as they work with their sons to find their perfect match. Seacrest was the executive producer of E! reality show Denise Richards: It's Complicated which premiered on May 26, 2008. The show received numerous negative reviews. The Boston Herald rated the show a D. Its critic Mark A. Perigard said of the first episode:"Denise Richards’ life is one steaming pile of pig poop...Literally".
In August 2008, ABC picked up the option in Seacrest's contract to extend him as co-host of New Year's Eve through 2010, ringing in 2011, also renaming the program 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest', to reflect Seacrest's role as co-host. Also in August, Seacrest named his longtime William Morris Agent, Adam Sher, as C.E.O. of Ryan Seacrest Productions and inked an expansive deal with the Comcast Entertainment Group, keeping him on E! Entertainment Television through early 2012. Comcast also gets first-look rights at all Ryan Seacrest Productions products. In July, Seacrest inked a deal with CKX for $45 million, making him the highest paid reality television host to date. He is also featured in a mouthwash commercial for Scope.
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