Either Ryan Seacrest is making the most of his relationship with Fox, or Fox is making the most of its relationship with Seacrest. The American Idol host will be featured front and center at two major television events on the network, says Variety.
Seacrest has been selected to be the host of the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Show, Fox announced Monday. The choice is a slight departure for the event, which takes place September 16. Hosts of the awards ceremony usually have a background in comedy, such as previous selections Conan O'Brien, Ellen Degeneres, and Garry Shandling.
In the end, Fox decided to go with a face that millions of viewers are already familiar with.
"Ryan Seacrest is known and loved by television audiences around the world," said Mike Darnell, Fox alternative entertainment president Mike Darnell. "His work on American Idol is unparalleled in the industry. He's a consummate host of major live broadcast events and a proven talent who always makes it look easy, which makes him the perfect choice for this year's Emmy telecast."
If that wasn't enough, Seacrest will further his exposure--or overexposure some would say--by playing a large part in the country's most-watched annual television event, the Super Bowl. Thankfully for pigskin die-hards, Seacrest won't be commenting on the X's and O's (that, unfortunately, may be left to Fox go-to man Joe Buck).
Instead, Seacrest will host the pregame and halftime festivities. This move, much to the chagrin of football fanatics, is intended to bring in even more non-football fans to the program by adding galalike festivities to the broadcast, such as a red carpet for celebrity attendees.
Super Bowl XLII will take place February 3 in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to his other responsibilities, Seacrest hosts Fox's annual New Year's Eve special and is a disc jockey for Los Angeles' KIIS-FM.