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Ryan Seacrest's Life and the Ups & Downs the 'American Idol' Host Has Faced

Ra'eesah Manack
Dec 06, 2019
10:24 A.M.
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Ryan Seacrest is a radio and television mogul. The savvy investor is also a philanthropist, and an equity partner in most of the projects he works on making him extremely successful.

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Most recently, Ryan has been the co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan." He is also well for hosting "American Idol" and iHeartMedia's KIIS-FM morning radio show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest."

Needless to say, he has made a fortune over the years. However, with any success comes some failure. Here is a look at the ups and downs experienced by Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan Seacrest attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland  | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland | Getty Images

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Deciding to do "American Idol"

Ryan Seacrest's big break was landing a spot to host "American Idol." However, the star nearly turned the opportunity down because he had his eye set on a different popular show. Seacrest said in an interview with Harry Connick Jr:

"The same company that produces it, produces Family Feud, and I auditioned for Family Feud and I tested well in the audition."

Ryan Seacrest of the television show American Idol speaks onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest of the television show American Idol speaks onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour | Getty Images

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However, the production company insisted he chooses between Family Feud and another opportunity they were unable to disclose at the time. The opportunity turned out to be Idols and Seacrest revealed in an interview with EW his earliest memory of the show saying:

"The beginning, when they had a host already hired. I had to talk them into letting me audition to be the second host."

Ryan Seacrest attends the taping of ABC's "American Idol"  | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends the taping of ABC's "American Idol" | Getty Images

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Creating "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"

He went on to invest in a huge development deal with E! worth $20 million dollars. He also started his production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, and created the reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" amongst others.

Seacrest told Access Hollywood Live that he got the green light to film the show using footage he took of a Sunday barbecue at the Kardashian house. In the footage, the Kardashians "were throwing each other in the pool."

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena  | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena | Getty Images

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TV flops

Seacrest might have produced some of the biggest reality shows on television but he has also had his fair share of flops. His first failure was the show "Paradise City" which only lasted eight episodes.

None of his other shows have matched the success of "Keeping up With The Kardashians." Another flopped attempt was the 2008 show called "Bromance" and was based on "The Bachelor" but aimed to find someone a best friend, however, the show only lasted six episodes.

Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest attend The Pink Agenda's Annual Gala at Tribeca Rooftop  | Getty Images

Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest attend The Pink Agenda's Annual Gala at Tribeca Rooftop | Getty Images

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He also produced "Mama's Boys From The Bronx" that TLC only aired for two episodes, and "Denise Richards: It's Complicated" that also flopped.

However, even with a large number of stumbles under his belt, Seacrest has a reported net worth of $350 million dollars. He has continued to successfully continue working in Hollywood.

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena  | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena | Getty Images

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College Dropout

Ryan Seacrest knew he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment from a young age and made fake radio shows in his bedroom as a child with a Radio Shack mixer he saved up to buy. When he was 16, he interned at a local Atlanta radio station.

In an interview with Haute Living, he revealed that his first trip to LA was the tipping point that solidified his dream saying:

"I never forgot that feeling. When I went back to school and was in college, I was literally sleepless trying to figure out a way to come back and work here."

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund at the Hilton New York | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund at the Hilton New York | Getty Images

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Ryan attended the University of Georgia and majored in Journalism. However, when he was nineteen he decided to drop out and headed to LA "in a Honda Prelude with $2,000 in Christmas cash he stashed over the years."

Before leaving university, Seacrest already landed a job "cohosting Gladiators 2000, a Saturday-morning kids' show, sharing duties with a 13-year-old girl." Eight years later he landed the coveted hosting position on "American Idol."

 Ryan Seacrest attends iHeartMedia's fireside chat about "The Art of Collaboration - Building Brands through Sound" | Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest attends iHeartMedia's fireside chat about "The Art of Collaboration - Building Brands through Sound" | Getty Images

Currently, Seacrest is in a

long-term relationship

with 27-year-old Shayna Taylor. Their relationship has been on again off again for years.

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