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Ryan Seacrest stays with American Idol

After rumblings about his possible departure from the show, long-time American host Ryan Seacrest signed a lucrative $30 million dollar deal to stay on as host of the popular reality singing contest for two more years. Seacrest, 37, has been the original AI host since it launched 11 seasons ago. There were rumors that former American Idol judge Simon Cowell was eyeing Seacrest to take over the gig as X-Factor US host after Cowell fired last season’s judge Steve Jones. In a related statement, Seacrest was quoted saying, ““For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with ‘American Idol’ to continue.”

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