Ryan Seacrest is an American radio personality, television host and producer.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about him!
1. Ryan John Seacrest was born December 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia.
2. He is the son of Constance Marie, a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer.
3. His mother told 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.”
4. At age 14, he attended Dunwoody High School. At age 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won an internship at WSTR (FM), in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in the many aspects of radio.
5. When the regular DJ called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the very first show of his broadcasting career.
6. Seacrest was given the weekend overnight shift at WSTR.
7. Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High School in 1992.
8. Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in fall 1992.
9. He continued his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left the university at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career.
10. In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of a new Fox reality television series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman. American Idol went on to success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight. The following year, he became the sole host.
11. In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
12. On December 31, 2005, Seacrest performed much of the show’s hosting duties. Dick Clark’s role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke.
13. Seacrest also occasionally served as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live, and co-emceed Larry King’s final show with Bill Maher on December 16, 2010.
14. Seacrest is the host of Knock Knock Live, premiering on Fox on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, live at 9pm ET, tape delayed at 9pm PT. Knock Knock Live is a show where celebrities arrive at the door of ordinary people who’ve done something special and give them a prize. Seacrest is in an L.A. studio while a team of helpers including Kellie Pickler and Ross Mathews will arrive at the front door of people across the United States.
15. On May 1, 2017, it was announced that Ryan Seacrest will join Kelly Ripa as host of Live with Kelly and Ryan as her new permanent co-host, succeeding Michael Strahan.
16. In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem.
17. In January 2006, US cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host and produce various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages (E!’s signature piece of original programming). That same year, Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP); in August 2008, Seacrest named his longtime William Morris Agent, Adam Sher, as CEO.
18. In April 2012, Seacrest signed a deal with NBCUniversal expanding his on-air role beyond E! to NBC.
19. In 2010, Seacrest launched the nonprofit Ryan Seacrest Foundation.In April 2010, Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress, and singer known for participating in Dancing with the Stars.
20. On March 15, 2013, it was announced that their relationship had ended. They were dating for over two years before the split.
21. On May 14, 2016, he returned to the University of Georgia to give advice to alumni and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.