Monday’s announcement that Dunwoody’s own Ryan Seacrest had snagged the permanent “Live with Kelly” co-host seat qualified as the most and least surprising news of all time.
Most surprising, because he’d seemed plenty busy keeping up with the Kardashians and whatnot out in L.A. while Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage and the other seeming frontrunners for the “Live” gig had been auditioning their little hearts out in the chair next to Kelly Ripa’s in New York for the last year.
And least suprising, because, well, as Kim Kardashian herself pointed out, what job doesn’t Seacrest have?
Others are poking fun at the notion of Seacrest scooping up every available job in America. And maybe even some of the unavailable ones . . .
But Seacrest, 42, didn’t suddenly become the Most Over-Employed Man in America. He’s been multi-tasking on multi-coasts for a long time. Here’s every job he’s ever had (give or take that one-time gig filling in for a talk show host or running a lemonade stand as a kid in Atlanta we may have missed):
Teen-aged radio DJ at WSTR-FM in Atlanta: Starting out as a 16-year-old intern, he got so good he was given the weekend overnight shift while still attending Dunwoody High School.
ESPN outdoor show host: Seacrest’s first real TV gig was hosting “Radical Outdoor Challenge” in 1993. Shot at Camp Thunder near Thomaston, Ga., the ESPN show had children competing against each other in outdoor events
Followed by hosting more kids’ shows: Seacrest moved to L.A. at age 19 and from 1994-96 hosted “Gladiators 2000” (an “American Gladiators” spinoff), plus “Wild Animal Games” (1995) and “Click” (1997). The latter was a game show created by Merv Griffin featuring teens of teams answering questions having to do with computers and the Internet.
See a YouTubeclip from the Seacrest-hosted “Click” here:
At the same time he was an adult contemporary format radio guy . . . From 1995 - 2003, Seacrest hosted a show with sidekick Lisa Foxx on KYSR. It was one of the top-rated afternoon drive shows in the crowded Los Angeles market.
“NBC Saturday Night Movie” host:: Aired in 2000. Seacrest shared trivia and questions viewers could answer online for prizes during commercials.
Revenge-themed reality show host: In “Ultimate Revenge,” family and friends played practical jokes on each other. Ran on TNN from 2001-2003.
Surviving “American Idol” host: In the gig that made him a household name, Seacrest co-hosted the initially under-the-radar Fox summer singing series with comedian Brian Dunkleman in 2002. “Idol” became a massive hit, and by Season 2 Dunkleman had been deep-sixed. Seacrest was sole host until “Idol” went off the air in 2016. He also hosted a spinoff version, “American Juniors” for one season in 2003.
Unsuccessful syndicated TV talk show host: In 2004, Seacrest got Dunkleman-ed himself. In July, his “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” which had launched with great fanfare in January, got cancelled.
Much more successful host of two radio shows: Also in 2004, Seacrest took over the weekday KIIS morning show in L.A. from Rick Dees, as well as the weekly syndicated “American Top 40” from the iconic Casey Kasem. He’ll continue to do both shows from New York.
New Year’s Rockin’ Replacement: In 2005, with Dick Clark’s health failing, Seacrest stepped in as executive producer and co-host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. He stayed in that role until 2012, when Clark died and the show officially became “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade host: Every year from 2005-2010. Because, hey, he’s gotta fill the time leading up to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, right?
E! News managing editor and host: Since 2006, although he stepped down from his on-air duties in 2012.
“Live from the Red Carpet” executive producer and host: Every “Who are you wearing?” Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys and what-have-you since 2006.
The man who foisted the Kardashians upon an unsuspecting America: OK, so that’s not his official job title. Since 2006, his Ryan Seacrest Productions has churned out “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its umpteen spinoffs, “Married to Jonas,” “Shahs of Sunset” and other unscripted fare. It also produces the NBC scripted series, “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.
59th Primetime Emmy Awards host: The 2007 show, which aired on Fox. Because, hey, he’s gotta fill the time after hosting “Live from the Red Carpet,” right? He also hosted the 2017 I Heart Radio Music Awards this past March.
Founder and Chairman, Ryan Seacrest Foundation: Launched in 2010, the nonprofit has so far built media centers in 10 pediatric hospitals around the country. That includes Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where Seacrest Studios opened in 2010. And earlier this year, the foundation announced it was teaming up with the Atlanta Braves on a number of efforts, including fundraising, player visits to the CHOA media center and more.
Clothing company head: Launched in 2014, “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” is a menswear line sold exclusively at Macy’s.
Knock, knock, who’s there? A game and reality show host, again: In 2013, he hosted the game show “Million Second Quiz” on NBC. In 2015, he hosted “Knock Knock Live” on Fox. The latter featured Seacrest hosting from L.A. while celebrities (like former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler) arrived at the homes ordinary people who’d done extraordinary things and gave them prizes.
Olympics late-night host: After serving as a correspondent and closing ceremonies co-host for NBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Seacrest was named host of NBC’s live late-night show from the Rio Games last summer. And he didn’t disappoint in the nightly 12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m. time slot, at one point promising gold medal-winning swimmer Maya DiRado that his mother would cook for her when she moved to Atlanta in a few weeks.
And maybe best of all . . . Father of Butter Pants: Seacrest has had roles in four movies, including 2010’s “Shrek Forever After,” where he was the voice of Butter Pants senior. His other credits include “New Year’s Eve” (2011), “Get Smart” (2008) and “Knocked Up” (2007).
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