This Sunday, the 90th Academy Awards — the crown jewel of awards season, Hollywood’s highest honor, industry prom night — will commence, with some amount of tradition, as it has for nearly a century. Actors will mug for photos; gowns will be pointedly posed in; snubs will be as carefully recorded as wins, to be agonized over for another hundred years. But this year, things are different — supposedly. After wave after wave of revelations about misconduct by powerful men...
Ryan Seacrest has ridden the wave of his popularity as host of “American Idol” to become one of the country’s top radio, TV and online personalities. Deftly balancing on-air charisma with behind-the-scenes business savvy, he sits at the helm of a growing empire that includes lucrative TV gigs, social-media muscle, and an Emmy-winning production company.
He will return to host “Idol” in 2018 when the series makes the jump from Fox to ABC, where his production company also signed a multi-year overall deal. Seacrest also scored a new daily hosting gig in 2017 by replacing Michael Strahan opposite Kelly Ripa on the newly dubbed “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
All the while he’s continuing to command the red carpets for E! specials and a New Year’s special for ABC.
An avid tech investor who’s worked hard to bridge the divide between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, he boasts a 20 million-strong social-media following that showcases his sizable online footprint, guaranteeing that the multiplatform multi-hyphenate will have an influential hand in shaping the new digital ecosystem. The entrepreneur is also active offline everywhere from a Macy’s men’s line to his own skin-care brand.
Born in Atlanta, GA, Seacrest made a string of TV hosting appearances before landing the long-running “Idol” job in 2002. In 2004, he succeeded music legend Casey Kasem as the host of “American Top 40,” while also launching his own daily radio show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” He established Ryan Seacrest Productions in 2006, and has produced hit series like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and the Emmy-winning ABC reality show “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”