Ryan Seacrest Responds to ‘American Idol’ Reboot Rumors

Ryan Seacrest is down to host American Idol again.

The busy 42-year-old, who just signed on as one-half of Live with Kelly and Ryan, told co-host Kelly Ripa he would be willing to take on emcee duties amid rumors the singing competition is returning to TV. Speaking on his new morning show with Ripa Monday (May 8, 2017), Seacrest addressed reports that he’s in talks for the reboot.

“I think this has to happen,” Ripa quipped. “I went into seclusion when American Idol was canceled. Are you going to host it? Please tell me yes.”

“Whatever you want. You’re my work wife! I say yes and bow to you,” Seacrest, who hosted all 15 seasons of the show, responded. “No, I don’t know about that part yet. We haven’t gotten that far. This was news to me last week. I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now’ — hoping somewhere it would come back.”

“I don’t know if I can host it,” he continued. “Do you know the preparation I have to do for [Live] every night?”

Ripa then encouraged her new co-host to take the job, saying, “Yes you can, you can! I know that you’re busy in the mornings, I get it. I understand its hard doing double duty — you’ve got the radio show, you’ve got this. But your nights are free you don’t have that much to do. You can do this!”

Aside from hosting Live in the morning, Seacrest also anchors his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrestevery weekday. When he’s not hosting, he executive produces a variety of TV series and specials, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shades of Blue, Rob & Chyna, E!’s Live from the Red Carpet, and Life of Kylie.