Bleach Blonde ‘American Idol’ Host to NBC Correspondent: Ryan Seacrest’s Journey to Fame (PHOTOS)
On Wednesday, it was announced that Seacrest would be joining the NBC family, starting off as a correspondent for the London summer Olympics, and we can’t help but think about how far he has come since showing up on the entertainment scene 10 years ago. Back in 2002, we first came to know Ryan as the co-host of the brand new singing competition, American Idol, but for the show’s second season, he came back solo, and his rise to fame has yet to slow down ever since.
From his popular KIIS FM radio show, to movie cameos and even hosting the legendary Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Celebuzz thought we’d take a look back at just exactly how the 37-year-old came to rule Hollywood.
In early 2004, Ryan started hosting syndicated radio show American Top 40 countdown. He then quickly took over the morning show for the LA based KIIS FM, with the aptly titled, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, which remains on air today. From A-listers such as Justin Bieber, Victoria Beckham and everyone in between, the list of people Ryan hasn’t interviewed is probably much shorter. However, not everything he touches turns to gold, as his attempt at a syndicated talk show (with the same name as his radio show) was cancelled in late 2004 afte only nine months on the air.
After his morning radio show proved to be successful, in 2006, he joined the E! family in a multi-million dollar deal where he not only would become the host of E! News and their various red carpet coverage for award shows, but helped developed shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. (Mind you, Seacrest was doing all this while still hosting American Idol!) He even made an infamous cameo in 2007’s smash comedy Knocked Up where he played an exaggerated (and foul mouthed!) version of himself.
In 2008, he began hosting filling in for Dick Clark on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, where the name was even recently changed to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, and he will continue to do the show until 2012.
Also, there were rumors in 2010 that he would take over for Larry King when his CNN show Larry King Live went off the air, but that job eventually went to Piers Morgan. In 2011, Ryan teamed up with iHeartRadio to produce one of the largest music festivals in history which took place in Las Vegas in September 2011 and boasted artists such as Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Jay-Z, to name a few. Making his second film appearance, Ryan starred (as himself!) in 2011’s ensemble rom-com New Year’s Eve.
Wow! What a journey Ryan has had — we’re exhausted just from thinking about all the hats he wears! But most importantly, Ryan has managed to romance a few ladies along the way. Ryan dated Shana Wall a few years back, and was also attached to Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher at one point, but has been happily dating former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough since 2010.