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Seacrest mum on ‘Today’

'Idol' host downplays possible move to NBC show

Ryan Seacrest was mostly tight-lipped about his possible move to the “Today” show at TCA on Sunday.

Following his sesh promoting the upcoming season of “American Idol,” Seacrest said it was “flattering” that his name has been discussed as a possible replacement for Matt Lauer, whose deal with the NBC program ends later this year.

He certainly was diplomatic in not trying to oust longtime ayem host Lauer from the “Today” seat he currently holds.

“The person who has that job will be there for as long as they want,” Seacrest said.

Seacrest, who is employed by NBCUniversal for his E! network duties and has his own production company that produces a handful of shows for the cabler, is accustomed to arising early in the morning. He’s been a Los Angeles radio host for years and has kept that job while adding others to his already busy schedule.

If Seacrest were to take on “Today,” of course, his “Idol” duties would come to an end.

Fox reality topper Mike Darnell said a Seacrest-less “Idol” would certainly be a radical change for the program’s audience.

“I can’t imagine the show without him,” Darnell said. “Our expectation is he’ll be on the show as long as we can have him.”

As for the influx of musical competition shows since “Idol” began nearly 10 years ago, exec producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “In the end, competition is good and you have to raise your game. That’s the only thing you can do.”

Added Darnell, on the rivalry between “Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice,” which was a breakout hit for the Peacock last year: “We don’t concern ourselves with other shows.”

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