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Ryan John Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is known for hosting the popular televised competition American Idol, the annual TV special Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and the radio program American Top 40.

Background

  • Born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Seacrest decided on a career in radio early on. He got his first job as a DJ at a station in Atlanta. In the mid-1990s, Seacrest moved to Los Angeles, California, where he started a popular afternoon radio show. His career really took off in 2002, when he became a host of American Idol. Seacrest soon started covering entertainment events and serving as a news anchor for the E! television network. In 2012, he signed a deal with NBC Universal to appear on the Today show and other programs. In 2013, he began hosting the game show The Million Second Quiz.

  • Education

    • He received his preliminary education from Dunwood High School. Since he was the school’s morning announcer, he was often known as ‘Voice of Dunwood High School’.

      While still at school he managed to bag a coveted and not-easy-to-get internship at WSTR FM, in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan, where he learnt the little knick knacks about the various key function areas of radio.

      He dropped out from the university of Georgia in 1993 to pursue a full time career in broadcasting. For the same, he moved to Hollywood.

    Career

    • EARLY CAREER

      Born on December 24, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, popular radio and television personality Ryan John Seacrest has also become a powerhouse behind the scenes as a producer of such reality TV hits as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. He showed an interest in becoming a radio disc jockey at an early age. Seacrest listened to such DJs as Casey Kasem and Rick Dees growing up, studying and copying the way they talked during their shows. American Bandstand host Dick Clark was another important early influence.

      At Dunwoody High School, Seacrest "wore braces and glasses and was fat and got teased about it," he once explained to the New York Times. "But I was always very ambitious." His first broadcasting job was handling announcements at the school. Seacrest then managed to land an internship at an Atlanta radio station, which led to his first on-air gig. He stayed with the station while attending the University of Georgia.

      Radio Star

      In the mid-1990s, Seacrest relocated to Los Angeles. There, he launched a popular afternoon radio show called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home, which lasted until 2004. In 2003, Seacrest started a syndicated program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The following year, he took over for one of his idols, Casey Kasem, as host of American Top 40.

      Despite becoming a television star and producer, Seacrest continues to be a presence in radio. He continues to host On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, in addition to his more recent roles.

      Television Personality

      After moving to Los Angeles, Seacrest started stepping in front of the cameras. He hosted Radical Outdoor Challenge on ESPN and the syndicated kids show Click in the 1990s. In 2002, Seacrest landed his first major television job with the national singing-competition show American Idol. He co-hosted the show with Brian Dunkleman in its first season, but he became the show's only host in all of the subsequent seasons.

      Seacrest realized a lifelong dream in 2005, when he started working with Dick Clark on his annual New Year's Eve special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Around this same time, he began hosting the cable entertainment show E! News—a position he held until 2011. In 2012, Seacrest inked several deals to keep himself in front of the cameras for years to come. He signed on for several more seasons of American Idol and made a deal with NBC Universal. As part of his agreement with NBC Universal, Seacrest helped cover the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In 2013, Seacrest expanded his reach in television, this time hosting a game show on NBC entitled The Million Second Quiz.

      Behind the Scenes

      In addition to his role in front of the cameras and behind the microphone, Seacrest has created a number of popular TV programs. Through Ryan Seacrest Productions, he has helped propel Kim Kardashian and her family to reality TV fame with Keeping Up the Kardashians, as well as spin-offs such as Kourtney & Kim Take New York. Working with chef Jamie Oliver, Seacrest helped produce Food Revolution (2010-11). Seacrest won an Emmy Award for the show.

      In 2012, Seacrest started a new venture called Ryan Seacrest Media (RSM) with Mark Cuban, Creative Artists Agency and AEG. In the summer of 2012, RSM launched a new pop culture and entertainment-driven TV channel called AXS TV.

      Seacrest, who is named one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful, begins a two-year relationship with actress Shana Wall, which helps dispel speculation that the well-groomed metrosexual is gay. "What girl doesn't want a guy who loves to go shopping and get massages?" Wall asks PEOPLE. Seacrest adds, "I could lie and pretend that I hunt and camp, but that wouldn't be me. Clothes? Shopping? That's stuff I like!" In 2005, Seacrest re-triggers talk when he accepts the crown of Queen at the traditionally gay-oriented West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.

      Seacrest receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Justifying his hyperactive work pace to The New York Times, Seacrest says he's "frightened by the thought of being out of work. Growing up, there were people on shows like Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life and Love Boat that you thought would be huge stars for the rest of their lives, and they've just vanished. You never want to be that person."

    Major achievements

    • Formed Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), which has produced original TV shows such as “Denise Richards – It’s Complicated” following the life of the actress (Charlie Sheen’s ex), “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and several other series and televised specials.

      Works as the spokesman for Crest and Scope dental hygiene products. Ryan has worked out a deal with Scope so that they will match any funds he raises for his favorite charity “Operation Smile,” which provides poor children throughout the world with proper dental care.

      A partner with major corporations such as Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, Coke and others on a series of significant projects.

      Signed a $45 million deal with “American Idol” to continue his hosting duties and earns tens of millions from other projects and contracts.

      Although he’s often called “one of the hardest working men in show business,” he still finds time to maintain a thriving romance with former “Dancing with the Stars” dance professional/choreographer and multi-season champion and now award-winning country singer and beauty, Julianne Hough.

    Works

    • American Idol
    • Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve:
    • The Million Second Quiz
    • Gladiators 2000

    Religion

    Ryan Seacrest is a Christian. Every Christmas he goes home to celebrate his birthday (December 24th) and Christmas together. He regularly talks about this on his radio show on KIIS FM in Los Angeles. He flies back to Atlanta, his hometown, and him and family go to a candle lit Christmas eve service ever year and a fondue dinner. Then after Christmas is over he heads to NYC for New Year's Rockin' Eve. On his Twitter he also mentioned playing baseball on his church's league back in Atlanta.

    Denomination: Christian

    Views

    Quotations: Ryan: (claiming American Idol judge Simon Cowell is jealous of him and that his taunts don't bother him) If anything in my life is positive in terms of business, Simon actually feels a pain in his stomach or his side. I almost think it's strange that nothing bothers me, whatever the joke may be. Whatever it is - I'm short, I'm fat, I'm tanned. I encourage all of it, I don't mind at all.

    Ryan: I find it extremely uncomfortable and awkward as a man to have to stand on your tiptoes to kiss a girl.

    Ryan: I always just wanted to be a cheesy guy on television.

    (about doing the New Year's Rockin' Eve with Dick Clark.)

    Ryan: When we go to commercial, I'll look at Dick like, 'Do you still want me as your wingman?'

    Ryan Seacrest: I'm not into bearded men.

    Ryan Seacrest: People bring up my hair quite a bit. It's strategically tousled. The flatiron is the key.

    Ryan Seacrest: I've never done Botox in my life. But I've probably tried everything else under the sun.

    Ryan Seacrest: Everyone in showbiz is driven by ego, so how do you go from having loads of fame to working at 7-11? You can't do it!

    Ryan Seacrest: I am looking forward to being part of the E! team. This unique opportunity allows my company to take the next step in providing multimedia content.

    Ryan Seacrest: Look at her. Her skin is so perfect. It almost depresses me her skin is so perfect.

    Ryna Seacrest: Look, a lot of women would be turned off with hearing me say how hot I think Brad Pitt is! Know what I mean? So I probably don't help my cause.

    Ryan Seacrest: In Hollywood it seems that you're considered gay until proven otherwise.

    Ryan Seacrest: He's one of the people that I very much look up to. It's exciting for me to be on television at the same time as my idol. But I still want to win.

    Ryan Seacrest: [Kasem is] a legend, a guy I used to listen to growing up. And not only listen to, but pretended to be.

    Ryan Seacrest: This season we had to stop auditions because one of his fake teeth came out, and he had to call in a dentist with drills to the back of the hotel, and they had to put in a new tooth. He'll actually be p-- that I told you this, but you've got to print it.

    Ryan Seacrest: We now have contestants who will not let anything get in their way of victory. Some contestants have thrown each other under the bus this season.

    Ryan Seacrest: I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women.

    Ryan Seacrest: When I moved to Hollywood, one of the first people I ever wanted to meet wasn't a movie star. It was a disc jockey, it was Casey Kasem.

    Ryan Seacrest: It's not that I really want him dead, but … I ran into him in a parking garage when I was doing some morning radio show. He walked right up to me and I swear, I could not take my eyes off his eyebrows, they were waxed like a girl's. He was like, `You don't really hate me, right?' And I was like, `Yes, Ryan, I really hate you.' And he was fine with that as long as it gave me good material for my act. I said, `Ryan, you have no idea.

    Ryan Seacrest: Dick Clark is an American icon. I am honored that he has entrusted me with such a role in this national tradition.

    Ryan Seacrest: I think you're going to see personalities gunning for those spots.

    Ryan Seacrest: Whereas in the past people were more politically correct in dealing with others ...(now) all they care about is winning.

    Ryan Seacrest: And so when he puts his mind to something and when he wants to do something like this television show and be there for everybody to see him, he'll do it.

    Ryan Seacrest: Madonna's fans have anxiously awaited the release of this album. I am excited to bring her closer to radio audiences around the world live!

    Ryan Seacrest: He's much taller and a little bit bigger than me, ... I think he'd probably be able to beat me up.

    Ryan Seacrest: Things could perhaps be up in the air now in light of the recent circumstances, the unfortunate circumstances with Dick, ... They had to put Regis in at the last minute, and I'm not quite sure what that show will be like or feel like without Dick Clark. He certainly will be missed by America.

    Ryan Seacrest: When it's time to say, 'OK, here's the show and the guy that is going to be around on New Year's Eve for years to come', I would definitely like to be the one that the baton gets passed to.

    Ryan Seacrest: I love it. I love the immediacy of it. I love the spontaneity of it, ... I love the fact that every day you see something on TV that you have an opinion about and you want to talk about and the next day you can get on the air and do it.

    Ryan Seacrest: Simon and I go back and forth with each other, but it's in a different way.

    Ryan Seacrest: (In regards to American Idol) You've been a great spirit on the show.

    Ryan Seacrest: It's OK to cry. It's because you care.

    Ryan: (From American Idol) You're both safe. Take a seat.

    Ryan: (About Simon) He's arrogant, he's pompous, he believes that everything he says is right, he drives you crazy. He actually tries to get under your skin.

    Ryan: Trust me -- you are in for a shock.

    Ryan: I've dated some women who have turned me on to some funny things that are strange for men to actually do, but these things have become part of my process. I think the things I do for my appearance help make me look better. I even colour my hair because I like how it makes me look.

    Ryan: Trust me, if I were gay I'd be getting more action than I'm getting now.

    Ryan: Think of your worst nightmare and never waking up from that. That would be the rest of your life married to this man. It would all be about him and not you. Valentine's Day would be a celebration of him.

    Personality

    Ryan Seacrest is the host of American Idol. He was raised in Atlanta. His parents are from Pennsylvania. Father is Gary Lee Seacrest, mother is Constance Marie and sister is Meredith Seacrest. Most people know Ryan Seacrest as the energetic host of American Idol, which boosted his career. "When I was 10, 11, 12 years old, I would pretend to be on the radio," Seacrest tells ABC News in 2007. "I bought a mixer and these big, ugly headphones and I would literally broadcast the cassette tapes in my bedroom." At 16, Seacrest scores an internship at Atlanta radio station WSTR/Star 94, eventually landing a job filling the 7:00 PM-midnight shift. After high school, he enters the University of Georgia, where he majors in journalism. During his freshman year, he captures the attention of ESPN, which hires him to host a weekend TV sports game show called Radical Outdoor Challenge. By the end of 1994, he quits school and moves to L.A.

    Seacrest has dated numerous Hollywood women including Renée Hall, Shayna Taylor, Sophie Monk and Teri Hatcher. He was linked to entertainer Julianne Hough for three years - they parted ways in 2013.

    Characteristics

    Height 5' 7½" (1,71 m)

    Zodiac symbol - capricorn

    Most people think of Ryan Seacrest as a man who got lucky when he became an overnight sensation after he landed the job as host of “American Idol.” In reality, he’d been preparing for success most of his life.

    Resourceful – Throughout his life, Ryan had been complimented on the sound and quality of his voice. Recognizing this asset at an early age, he proactively sought out opportunities to use that talent to help him become successful.

    Easy-Going & Charming Personality – Although he started out as a co-host along with comedian Brian Dunkelman in the first season of American Idol, his easy-going personality and charm allowed him to effortlessly relate to the contestants, audience and judges and to then become the show’s only host from the second season on.

    Confident – While many people feared former “Idol” head judge, Simon Cowell, Ryan was always willing to go toe-to-toe with the often cranky and opinionated judge when he felt Simon had come down on a singer too harshly.

    However, he almost always did it in a way that wasn’t too confrontational, but rather witty and relaxed. Cowell would quickly calm down and the contestants and audience would be spared from a potentially nasty verbal fight between Cowell and Seacrest.

    Hard-Working – In addition to his duties as the host of “American Idol,” Ryan also has developed his own successful television production company (Ryan Seacrest Productions) and hosts other highly successful TV and radio shows.

    Charitable – Along with his diverse philanthropic efforts, Ryan uses his influence as a popular spokesman to negotiate with major corporations to help sponsor his favorite charity, “Operation Smile,” which provides dental services to children in third world countries.

    Great conversationalist and communicator – not only has he been able to host TV shows and radio shows, but is also a great interviewer when the time calls for it. If you’ve ever overheard him talking to women at parties or events, you will have noticed that he definitely knows how to put on the charm and attract women when he wants to.

    Interesting facts

    From an early age, Ryan was told how pleasant the sound of his voice was and he recognized that this was a talent that could one day prove profitable. (Each of us has a talent. You just have to find yours and decide how you’re going to use it to your advantage).

    So instead of playing with toys as a kid, Ryan began practicing with a microphone and was eventually asked to make announcements over the loudspeaker at his high school.

    One of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (2003).

    In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $14 million.

    Was bitten by a small shark on July 28, 2008.

    Co-owns a Los Angeles sushi bar called Katana.

    Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 13, 2005.

    Was a starting linesman on his high school football team.

    Quotes from others about the person

    Of her son's passion for announcing, Connie Seacrest tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, [Ryan] would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house."

    In L.A., Seacrest, 20, lands a $15-an-hour job hosting KYSR-FM 98.7's afternoon show, called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home. It becomes the station's No. 1 show and is nationally syndicated. He also hosts TV shows Click, Gladiators 2000 and Wild Animal Games (left). Veteran TV mogul Merv Griffin, who produces the children's series Click, tells The New York Times that Seacrest's energy "just baffled me. I couldn't keep up with him...He had this spiky haircut, and we knew all the little girls in the audience would love him, and they did."

    Seacrest assumes hosting duties for Casey Kasem's popular weekly radio show American Top 40:

    "There are people in this business who are as comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it. Ryan is a real pro," Kasem tells L.A.'s Daily News. He continues his takeover pattern, replacing 22-year host Rick Dees on the daily morning-drive show for 102.7 KIIS-FM in L.A. The program is renamed On Air with Ryan Seacrest and goes from 10th to 5th place in the ratings.

    Seacrest cohosts Dick Clark's long-running New Year's Rockin' Eve (right), helping out the 75-year-old Clark whose speech and movement are severely limited after his 2004 stroke. "I have never seen anyone work so hard at so many different things,"

    Clark tells Time:

    "You've got to have brains to make it look easy."

    Of his success, Simon Cowell says:

    "I'm going to hate reading this, but Ryan has a tremendous work ethic. He wants all the glory, but he's prepared to work for it, and I've never heard him complain."

    Rancic confides to ABC News:

    "[Seacrest] actually is a very nice person,"

    "You want to hate him because he's pretty and he makes a lot of money, but you can't hate him."

    Interests

    Artists: Michael Douglas

    Sport & Clubs: FC Falcon

    music, radio, television, film, surfing.

    Seacrest dabbled in the both the fashion and restaurant industries.

    Favorite shows: The X-Files, Chips Fave.

    celebs: Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Soliel Moon Frye, Bill Clinton

    Music & Bands: The Four Tops, Dave Matthews Band, Enigma.

    Connections

    • He was in a romantic relationship with Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress and singer who gained fame for participating in the show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The relationship which started in 2010 ended in 2013.
    • father: Gary Lee Seacrest - lawyer
    • mother: Constance Marie - homemaker
    • Sister: Meredith Seacrest
    • ex-girlfriend: Julianne Hough - American - dancer, singer, actress
    Ryan Seacrest
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    Born December 24, 1974
    (age 42)
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    • 1993
      Dunwoody High School
    • 1990 - present
      DJ, television&radio presenter, actor, Fox, ABC, NBCUniversal
      United States

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