Ryan John Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974. He is an American radio personality, television presenter, and producer. He is known for hosting the American Idol competition show, the American Top 40 syndicated countdown show, and iHeartMedia On Air’s morning radio show KIIS-FM with Ryan Seacrest. In 2006, Seacrest became co-host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Rockin ‘Eve. Seacrest continued to co-host and executive produce the annual show after Clark’s death in 2012. He began co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan permanently on May 1, 2017. Seacrest received Emmy Award nominations for American Idol from 2004 to 2013, and again in 2016. He won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in 2010 and was nominated again in 2012. In 2018, Seacrest received nominations for Live with Kelly and Ryan on Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, as well as Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.
He is 45 years old.
Height & Weight
Ryan Seacrest stands at a height of 1.73 m i.e. 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He has a body weight of 152 lbs i.e. 69 kg. The 44-years old popular host has an athletic body build.
Early Life And Education
Ryan Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Constance Marie (née Zullinger), a housewife, and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate attorney. His father served as a lieutenant in the US Army, and his grandfather, Henry Gene Skeen, was a senior general in the US Army. His mother told Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Instead of playing with GI Joes or Cowboys and Indians, Ryan would always have a little microphone and do shows around the house.” At age 14, he attended Dunwoody High School. At age 16, while still in high school, Seacrest won an internship at 94.1 WSTR (FM) in Atlanta with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in many aspects of radio. When a regular DJ got sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the first show of his broadcast career. Seacrest received the weekend night shift at WSTR. Seacrest continued to work on-air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High in 1992. Seacrest studied journalism at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1992. He continued his radio program on a local Athens station. Seacrest dropped out of college at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in broadcasting. In May 2016, Seacrest received the honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters from the University of Georgia and delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony.
December 24, 1974 • Atlanta, Georgia
Ryan Seacrest’s career didn’t start on American Idol, but the popularity of the televised Fox talent search contest helped make him a household name in 2003. Before taking the American Idol job, Seacrest hosted a radio show. Highly rated in Los Angeles who mastered the Afternoon driving time. Her career began to flourish in 2004 with the debut of her daily daytime television show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.
High school DJ
Born in 1974, Seacrest grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia, where his father, Gary, was a lawyer. He was an overweight boy, bothered by others, and preferred to stay home listening to the radio. His fascination with the medium evolved into making his own tapes of radio shows, and he gave the cassettes to his parents to play in their cars. “I thought it was a hobby,” her housewife mother, Connie, told Allison Glock in a New York Times magazine profile. “But people called my answering machine just to hear his voice. They thought I had a professional who did it. That’s when I thought: This could be bigger than I think.” At fourteen, Seacrest became the “Voice of Dunwoody High School,” as a regular announcer on his school’s public address system. She was still anything but a star there, she told another New York Times writer, Hilary De Vries. “I was wearing braces and glasses, I was fat, and they bothered me,” Seacrest said, “but I was always very ambitious.” He eventually lost weight by cutting almost everything at his school lunch, except for the oranges his mother had packed for him. In 1991, the year he became a junior at Dunwoody High, he landed a hard-to-get internship at Atlanta pop music station WSTR-FM. One night the regular DJ called in sick and asked Seacrest to take his turn. They both thought the station’s owner was out of town, but he didn’t, and Seacrest received a surprise phone call on the studio’s hotline during their live debut. Assuming he would be fired, he went to see his boss the next day to apologize. Instead, the station owner told Seacrest that, although he was not a professional, his period the night before had not been so bad. The boss volunteered to start training him, and soon Seacrest received the weekend shift at WSTR. “Ryan has the appeal of a dog that has been rescued from the kennel. That is his secret. He is grateful. He is happy. Always, always. If he had a tail, he would wag it.” Simon Cowell, New York Times Magazine, May 23, 2004.
Headed for Hollywood
After graduating from Dunwoody High in 1993, Seacrest stayed on the station and began taking journalism classes at the University of Georgia.
British Pop Idol Hosts
Ryan Seacrest has been hosting American Idol since its debut in 2002, but the show is a remake of a British hit that premiered in the fall of 2001. ITV Network’s Pop Idol also had Simon Cowell as judge, but he was presented by a pair of English comedians named Ant and Dec. Unlike Seacrest, they were already widely known in their country, thanks to their popular children’s show on Saturday morning. Ant and Dec are Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. Both were born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1975. They met when they participated in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) soap opera for teens called Byker Grove in 1990. Their characters, PJ and Duncan, were popular, but McPartlin lost his part when The writers of the show mutilated him in a strange paintball accident. The two released a series of pop music albums, and in 1995 became hosts to their own BBC short-lived series, The Ant and Dec Show. They were followed by Ant and Dec Unzipped in 1997, but the two energetic and youthful personalities only hit the mark with SM: tv Live, a Saturday morning show aimed at young viewers on ITV. Their antics made them popular with their target audience, but older viewers also began to tune in. On their show, Ant and Den faked the Byker Grove paintball episode, gifted their pop records to the guests, joking that they still had boxes left, and ruthlessly teased the young people who came to the show. Ant and Dec hosted SM: tv until Pop Idol came calling. Like Seacrest, his easy jokes and personable personalities provided relief from Cowell’s cut comments. Once they even played one of their well-planned pranks at Cowell, after the show became a hit in the United States as an American Idol: They donned wigs, fake beards, and prosthetic makeup and auditioned like two of thousands of applicants. they tried.
Ant and Dec are often called Britain’s favorite “Geordies,” a nickname for those in northern England, who have a distinctive accent. In 2002 they became hosts of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which will debut on American television in late 2004 on Fox Network. There were no plans to broadcast the joke they made at Cowell, in which they sang a Paula Abdul song with American accents. “Thank God the American public didn’t see that,” Donnelly told Sam Wonfor and Alison Dargie in the Journal of Newcastle, England. “I don’t think it’s the best way to introduce ourselves to them. Maybe we will show them one day.” He also made his television debut as the host of an ESPN children’s program called Radical Outdoor Challenge. When he was nineteen, he left the Atlanta radio station and moved to Los Angeles, enrolling at Santa Monica College. He had a hard time finding work in the highly competitive radio market in Southern California, but he got some TV jobs. He was a weekend presenter on the entertainment news show Extra and featured series like Gladiators, The Sci-Fi Channel’s The New Edge, and The Click, a teen quiz show. He also worked as a radio DJ overnight and eventually took over the driving time slot on KYSR, an alternative music station, with the highly rated “Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home”. In 1999, the Seacrest show had become the highest-rated radio show in the Los Angeles area in its time slot. He continued to take the occasional television job, and in 2002 he was considered for a jury position on a new reality television series, American Idol. The Fox Network show was based on a successful British series from the previous year called Pop Idol. On both shows, unknown applicants vied for a record-breaking shot, and viewers were able to phone a special number and cast their votes for their favorite artist that week. One by one, the singers would be eliminated. Simon Cowell (1959–), a British record executive who made the Spice Girls a success, took the show across the Atlantic. Cowell and others felt that the pleasant Seacrest might be more suitable for the host job. “They asked me if I thought I could handle live television,” he recalled in the interview with Glock, and “I said, of course, even though I had no idea.”
American Idol debuted in the summer of 2002 and was a phenomenal success almost from the start. Seacrest’s on-screen enthusiasm made him an overnight sensation, and the show was seen by some twenty-six million viewers weekly. As American Idol grew in popularity, Seacrest, Cowell, fellow judges Paula Abdul (1962–) and Randy Jackson (1956–), as well as the final contestants, all became household names. Seacrest was sometimes described as the antidote to Cowell, who often judged the contestants’ talents harshly. “I think we’re showing that there is more than one way to launch a star,” Seacrest said, when De Vries asked him about why American Idol had captured the nation’s attention. “It could have been a great TV show, but not have any validity in the record-buying world. But we’ve proven to be very successful that way.” Sometimes Seacrest and Cowell traded insults on the air. Cowell later penned a book on the American Idol phenomenon in which he claimed that Seacrest, known for his perfectly coiffed hair, sometimes spent three hours in the hair and makeup room before a taping. “That’s a bit of an exaggeration,” Seacrest said, when Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Rodney Ho asked him about it. “My hair, makeup and wardrobe takes about 14 minutes. I don’t have three hours in my life to do anything.”
Given daily TV
show Seacrest’s schedule became even busier in early 2004, when he began hosting On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, a syndicated daytime television program. He described his main audience to an interviewer as young adults who had spent their teenage years watching MTV’s Total Request Live and were now ready for an adult rate. The show was a mix of entertainment news, guest studio appearances like Missy Elliott (1972–), and live performances outside her studio at the Hollywood & Highland complex in Los Angeles, a tourist mecca. The presenter also joked with guests like Donald Trump (1946–) and followed reports from the show’s remote correspondents. Fox Television built Seacrest a new studio for the television and radio program of the same name, a facility that cost about $ 10 million. By then, Seacrest was believed to earn the same amount of money annually. Around the same time as his new television show debuted, Seacrest also began hosting the weekly American Top 40 radio show. He replaced presenter Casey Kasem (1932–), who had retired from the most-listened-to countdown hit show in hundreds of radios. stations in the United States every week. Kasem had been one of Seacrest’s radio idols when he was growing up, along with Dick Clark (1929–), host of the weekly American Bandstand music program from 1956 to 1987. Seacrest once asked Clark for some advice on his career, and Clark He told him that The business had changed dramatically over the decades. Having a stake in the property was important, Clark believed, so Seacrest negotiated a piece of the property pie for the television broadcast. He hoped it would become “a brand that could live forever,” he explained to De Vries. “So maybe in 20 years it’s still called ‘On Air’, with someone else hosting the show, but I can still produce it. Because let’s be honest, you don’t know how long people will let you into their homes.”
Seacrest’s own home is a three-story Italianate villa in the Hollywood Hills. He began dating actress and singer Shana Wall in 2003, which seemed to put an end to persistent rumors about his sexual orientation. In interviews, he readily admitted he had “metrosexual” tendencies, using the catchphrase of 2003 for straight guys who exhibited some of the stylishness commonly associated with gay men. Well before the metrosexual term came into common usage, Seacrest used to talk on his L.A. radio show about getting his eyebrows waxed. He once confessed to celebutante Paris Hilton that his flatiron was also a cherished possession in his household. “What can I do about it?” he asked Entertainment Weekly journalist Nicholas Fonseca, about his love of hairstyling products and well-tailored shirts. “I could lie and pretend that I hunt and camp, but that wouldn’t be me. Clothes? Shopping? That’s stuff I like!”
Seacrest was a primary investor in the Typo keyboard, which aimed to clone the Blackberry physical keyboard for use with iPhone devices that was released in 2014. The Typo keyboard was suspended in a 2015 patent agreement with Blackberry Ltd.
Seacrest worked with Christopher Bailey of Burberry, who designed Seacrest’s suits for red carpet events, as well as New Year’s Eve since 2009 and American Idol from 2010. Seacrest wore tight suits and decided to do something similar for an audience. Broader at an “affordable” price point With Bailey as his mentor, Seacrest developed his own collection, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which launched in 2014. He formed an exclusive retail partnership with Macy’s to sell the Distinction brand, consisting of separate suits , sports coats and evening wear made by Peerless Clothing International. The line also includes accessories such as ties, pocket squares, belts, cufflinks and jewelry, manufactured by Randa Accessories. Seacrest works with Itochu for the production of dress shirts, as well as a sportswear collection launched in September 2017. Seacrest partnered with dermatologist Harold Lancer to produce the Pulido men’s skincare line. The line has five articles, which are designed for easy use. Seacrest announced the line in August 2017 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
In 2010, Seacrest launched the non-profit Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The foundation has ten centers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s National Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center Dallas , Boston Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. In April 2012, Seacrest appointed Selena Gomez as the Foundation’s Ambassador. In February 2017, the foundation partnered with the Atlanta Braves to promote the nonprofit at SunTrust Park. Seacrest did the voice work for the Braves’ “Welcome Home” media campaign. Seacrest is a member of the governing board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and an honorary co-chair of the board of the GRAMMY Foundation, which later merged with the GRAMMY Museum and became the GRAMMY Museum Foundation.
He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio in 2005. He won an Emmy Award for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Seacrest had a two-year on-and-off relationship with model Sara Jean Underwood, which was revealed on The Howard Stern Show in 2009. In April 2010, Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress, and singer known for participating in Dancing with the Stars. On March 15, 2013, it was announced that their relationship had ended. They were dating for over two years before the split. 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. Seacrest has been in a relationship with model Shayna Taylor since 2017. On November 17, 2017, it was reported that Seacrest was under investigation for sexual harassment allegations by a former E! wardrobe stylist. Seacrest denied the allegations, and also said that “This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused.” On February 1, 2018, the Associated Press reported that the E! channel’s investigation into the claims had closed and that there was insufficient evidence to support the claims.
He began co-hosting ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ in 2017. As of 2020, Ryan Seacrest’s net worth is approximately $430 million dollars, making him one of the richest TV-hosts in the world.