Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the ABC's ‘American Idol’ reboot. The network made the announcement after Seacrest broke the news on Thursday morning’s ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan.’
"I can confirm with absolute confirmation ... that Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of 'American Idol,'" Ripa announced.
“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.”
“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,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “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.”
ABC's announcement that it's rebooting the series in 2018 - with Katy Perry on the judges' panel - came just 13 months after the ‘American Idol’ series finale aired.