In a new interview, Ryan Seacrest revealed he was originally asked to be a judge on American Idol when the show was first being developed in the early 2000s, but instead asked to serve as the long-running reality competition's host!
Ryan on American Idol in May 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I said to [the producers], ‘Who's the host?' They said, ‘Well we've already got a host, but we could audition you to be the co-host,'" Ryan recalled in a newly released promotional video for Idol's upcoming 15th and final season.
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Of course, Ryan, 40, was ultimately cast as a co-host alongside TV personality Brian Dunkleman — who later left the show after the first season — while the judges' panel was filled with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
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The 34-year-old has sold more than 45 million albums and won three Grammys since her time on American Idol. She married manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013, and the duo has two children together.