He Was Originally Cast to be a Judge, NOT the Host!

Ryan Seacrest’s name has become synonymous with the singing competition American Idol. After all, the charming celebrity first honed his hosting chops on the American Idol stage for years before continuing on to other ventures. However, Seacrest was originally casted as a judge for the famous show. After Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell were chosen as judges, Ryan Seacrest auditioned for the third and final position. Having dreams to become a successful show host, Seacrest asked the producer if he could switch positions. After successfully hiring Randy Jackson as a replacement judge, Ryan Seacrest was able to fulfill his fateful position as host of American Idol.

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His Idol is Dick Clark

While many people associate the two iconic hosts, many are unaware of the influence that Dick Clark had on Ryan Seacrest. In fact, Ryan Seacrest presented a moving tribute during an American Idol episode following the star’s death. Seacrest has always been open about the influence that Clark has had on his career goals and successes. More specifically, Seacrest always dreamed about hosting the famous Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve show with Clark himself. Seacrest’s dream came true when Dick Clark was having health complications. The American Idol host was brought on to help host the New Years show until eventually taking over after Clark’s tragic passing. Ryan Seacrest has made countless public comments on the inspiration that Dick Clark has provided. This influence is evident with the career path that Ryan Seacrest continues to develop.

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He’s Super Sucessful in Business and Investing

Besides being a wildly successful host and producer, Ryan Seacrest is also an entrepreneur. The young celebrity has started businesses in both the food and clothing industry. He is the co-owner of a successful Japanese sushi restaurant in Hollywood by the name of Katana. Always the stylish dresser, Seacrest has also started his own clothing line. Ryan Seacrest Distinction was founded with comfort and elegance in mind. The clothing line features modern and comfortable suits as well as countless accessories. Ryan Seacrest Distinction is sold exclusively at Macy stores and through their website.

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Biography, Salary, and Earnings

Ryan Seacrest, radio personality, television host, and producer, was born in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia on Christmas Eve, 1974. He is single, with no children. His interest in broadcasting emerged in high school where he regularly did the morning announcements. He obtained his first radio experience as an intern at WSTR in Atlanta while still in high school, progressing to on air personality while still interning. He went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia and his career progressed steadily after finishing school to the successful and busy career he now has. Ryan Seacrest is well known to American television viewers as the long-running host of American Idol and, more recently, of Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve. His $45 million dollar hosting deal with American Idol in 2009 made him the highest earning reality television host to date.

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Estimated Net Worth

He continues to host two syndicated radio programs and also serves as the morning drive time host on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM. One of the busiest personalities in Hollywood, Seacrest also produces a number of reality and awards shows.¬†Seacrest’s earnings are estimated to be around $60 million per year for both 2011 and 2012, with a total net worth in 2013 of $262 million. He is well paid for his on air talent services, but he also has earnings from his producing projects and several high profile endorsement deals with brands such as Coca-Cola and Proctor and Gamble. His contract with Clear Channel alone is worth $20 million a year.

How much is Ryan Seacrest’s 2021 Net Worth? $473 Million!