Ryan Seacrest to return for ‘American Idol’ season 3 on ABC

Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of “American Idol” for the music competition’s third season on ABC.

Seacrest will also continue hosting and executive producing “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his nationally syndicated L.A. morning drive-time radio show. He also serves as co-host and executive producer on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” as well as ABC’s annual live show “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

The news comes after it was announced in August that the judging panel of Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie would all be returning for the new season of “American Idol” as well. Seacrest has been with “American Idol” since it launched on Fox back in 2002.

“’American Idol’ has been my home for 17 seasons and I can’t wait to return to the stage,” said Seacrest. “It’s the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years.”

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Ryan Seacrest attends the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund at the Hilton New York on January 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Honoree Ryan Seacrest accepts award onstage during the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala on January 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Fashion Scholarship Fund )
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Ryan Seacrest attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Ryan Seacrest attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2019 - Pop music icon, Christina Aguilera, will perform for a live audience of more than one million people just minutes before the ball drops on Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019. Aguilera will be joined by Bastille, Dan + Shay and New Kids On The Block in the hours leading up to the 2019 countdown from Times Square in New York City. Americas biggest celebration of the year will take place on MONDAY, DEC. 31, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Pawel Kaminski/ABC via Getty Images) CHRISTINA AGUILERA, RYAN SEACREST
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Host Ryan Seacrest poses at ABC's 'American Idol' on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Friday, May 18 included Ryan Seacrest ('American Idol'), Gillian Jacobs ('Ibiza'), and musical guest Julia Michaels. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor attend a VIP dinner party hosted by iHeartMedia and MediaLink during the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on June 19, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Top 10 - Disney Night)' - 'American Idol' heads to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland Resort, then returns to the Idol stage with a sprinkle of magic to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Seacrest attends 2018 Samsung Charity Gala at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Seacrest attends the 2018 Samsung Charity Gala at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor are seen on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Lisa Harbert, Shayna Taylor, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and Ted Harbert attend The Pink Agenda's Annual Gala at Tribeca Rooftop on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for The Pink Agenda)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Ryan Seacrest attends an iHeartMedia VIP dinner party At The iHeartMedia Headquarters During Advertising Week New York on October 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ryan Seacrest seen out with fans in Manhattan on August 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Honorees Martha Stewart and Ryan Seacrest attend the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala on January 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Fashion Scholarship Fund )
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The new season of “American Idol” will launch in spring 2020.

“We are delighted that our entire ‘Idol’ dream team will be reuniting for the upcoming season on ABC,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “Ryan has been hosting ‘Idol’ since the beginning, and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the show after 17 seasons are remarkable. We can’t wait to see what’s in store as Ryan, our superstar judges and in-house mentor set out on their nationwide search for the next great music sensation.”

“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Fremantle’s Trish Kinane serves as showrunner, with Jennifer Mullin and Megan Wolflick also executive producing along with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

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