Ryan Seacrest Signs 4-Year Deal With ABC

Apr 28, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Ryan Seacrest has a new contract that will keep him at ABC for a while, just as his name is being mentioned in connection with “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”

“The prolific producer and host has inked a new deal to continue fronting the network’s long-running ball-drop special, ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,’ for four more years,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “The pact also keeps Seacrest within the Disney fold as industry rumors swirl that he could be a contender for Michael Strahan’s slot on ABC’s ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael,’ though ABC brass is said to be waiting for the dust to settle before making any decisions about a replacement.”

The report adds: “Insiders point to Seacrest’s proven skill set as a morning host (albeit on the radio) as well as his rapport with Ripa. (He has been a frequent guest on ‘Live!,’ and together he and Ripa have co-hosted the Disney parade for ABC.) What’s more, for the first time in 15 years, the former ‘American Idol’ emcee’s schedule has eased up considerably.”

Variety also notes: “What’s unlikely, however, is seeing Seacrest — or any other true A-lister in contention — partake in the inevitable parade of guest hosts that will follow Strahan’s mid-May exit.”

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