Ryan Seacrest officially returning as host of ‘American Idol’

Seacrest in!

In news that probably should not surprise anyone, Ryan Seacrest is officially returning to American Idol.

The longtime American Idol host Seacrest will be returning for the “new” series on ABC.

The TV personality made the announcement at the start of Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, a show he just started co-hosting full-time with Kelly Ripa.

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Read Ryan’s statement on his American Idol return:

“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol‘s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said much of American Idol’s success can be attributed to Seacrest.

“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of American Idol with Ryan at the helm,” Dungey said. “So much of American Idol’s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than- life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft. His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”

New American Idol judge Katy Perry seems to be excited about the news! She tweeted this:


We have yet to find out who the other judges on the panel will be. Watch Ryan share the news below:

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