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Did Ryan Seacrest Have a Stroke During the "American Idol" Finale?

What was going on with his right eye?

The Season 18 finale of American Idol aired last night and was notably chaotic.

Due to the ongoing global health crisis, a traditional live show was an impossibility. So, for the first time ever, the show was produced with the entire cast and crew joining in virtually from separate locations, and all of the performances were live streamed or recorded in the singer's respective homes. Perhaps most challenging was the fact that the show's producers had to coordinate a live announcement of the show's winner, meaning that any lag, connection problems, or other technical difficulties were likely to ruin the big reveal. "That's going to be interesting," showrunner Trish Kinane said last month according to The Washington Post, "Let's hope the Internet gods are with us."

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Male model Josh Kloss took to Instagram today to accuse Katy Perry of sexual misconduct.

Kloss, who co-starred alongside Perry as her love interest in the "Teenage Dream" music video, detailed the allegations in a series of long-winded Instagram posts. "This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her," he wrote. "As I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my [genitals]."

Many women flocked to Kloss's Instagram to accuse the model of clout-chasing and of disenfranchising the women of #MeToo. It's true that he uses certain phrases within his posts that seem to diminish others' experiences with sexual harassment (he referred to himself as a "prostitute" and described how the "fear" stuck with him); but even so, this wouldn't be the first time Perry has been accused of inappropriate behavior.

In a 2018 episode of American Idol, Perry kissed 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze without his consent after he mentioned that he'd never been kissed before. While Glaze didn't feel sexually harassed, he later reiterated to The New York Times that "would I have done it if she said, 'Would you kiss me?' No, I would have said no...I was uncomfortable immediately." She made another contestant equally uncomfortable when she chose to address his looks after he described caring for his sick mother. "You're so hot," she said. "Only hot guys are typically named Trevor." Before he began his audition, Perry also said, "If you're not going to Hollywood, maybe you can just come hang out with me after." Perry then made headlines for flirting with another 18-year-old contestant named Johnny Brenns. "If a 32-year-old cougar would eat it up," was among her inappropriate comments. Viewers were quick to call out the double standard of Perry's behavior.

Then there was the singer's incredibly awkward guest appearance on "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" with James Corden. The premise was that Corden and Perry would ask each other questions, and if one refused to answer, they would have to nibble on a selection of gross-out food, like bird saliva or cow tongue. Corden, for some reason, immediately went for Perry's jugular, asking her to judge the sexual prowess of her ex-lovers. "Rank Diplo, John Mayer and Orlando Bloom," he said. After ranking them, she added, "If you're listening to me, gentlemen, I love you...and maybe I just haven't had enough time to have sex with you, so maybe we can make up that time."

While no one's calling Perry a sexual predator and Kloss very well could be clout-chasing, to dismiss the singer's strange and inappropriate behavior would be against the values of #MeToo. For now, the double standards of the movement exist in our periphery, but, as time goes on, the significance of abusing power will inevitably take center stage over gender. After all, both women and men can be abusers as well as victims, but that has historically shown to be a complicated conversation that we're not ready for.

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American Idol officially returning to ABC, but do audiences still care?

TELEVISION | The one-time reality juggernaut is being eyed for a spring 2018 return

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The famed ABC reality competition is poised to make it's comeback after two years.

Like vampires or zombies, you can add American Idol to the list of things that just can't stay dead. After two years of shopping the one-time reality juggernaut to the major networks, the singing competition has come away with a spot on the 2017-2018 TV schedule and a new home on ABC. After failed negotiations with original home Fox and one-time rival NBC left the series' prospects bleak, the series turned to the same network that just gave former Idol host Ryan Seacrest as Kelly Ripa's new permanent co-host. And from the sound of things, the series will be looking to reinvent themselves in this newest iteration, with ABC president Ben Sherwood promising a "Bigger, bolder, and better-than-ever Idol", whatever that means.

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While things may still change before ABC's schedule is officially announced, early indications suggest the new season would likely premiere in Spring 2018 and air on Sunday nights. While this move may not offer much in the way of originality, there is a certain amount of logistical sense to the decision. Though the network has found success with its long running reality franchises, The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars, the network has struggled to launch a successful competitive singing series to compete with one-time Idol rival, The Voice. And even if its final season may have been a far cry from the cultural powerhouse it once was (can anybody even remember which white guy with a guitar won without a Google search?), the ratings were still solid enough to suggest there could be money to be made on the property.

There are still some important questions to answer ahead of the reboot, perhaps most importantly what personalities will be brought back to lead this new form. While the network is aiming to bring Seacrest back, his new gig could occupy too much of his time to return forcing them to look for a new host, a sentiment that surely delights Brian Dunkleman wherever he is. Additionally it'll be interesting to see who the series targets as judges, given the original series transitioned from a panel of music industry professionals to one comprised of big name musical performers. Though the network hoped to bring Simon Cowell back to the show that made him famous during their talks with NBC that could prove far more challenging given his role on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Perhaps more so than anything, it remains to be seen whether or not audiences will care about another season of the series beyond just nostalgia, especially with The Voice serving as top dog of the reality-singing world. Still only time will tell if the ABC version of Idol will be a Kelly Clarkson or more of a William Hung.


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Ryan Seacrest has teamed up with Kelly Ripa!

Ryan Seacrest is joining Kelly Ripa as the new co-host on 'Live'

This is the next wave in morning television!

It's official. Ryan Seacrest has been selected to fill some pretty large shoes. It's been a year since Kelly Ripa has taken on the sole responsibility to host after Michael Strahan's abrupt exit. The last show for Strahan was on May 13, 2016. Strahan had landed the job in a similar way, after the show following the sudden departure of original host Regis Philbin. Last December, Ripa said there had been lots of interest, but made it clear there was no plans to fill the seat just yet. Ripa opened the show earlier by calling Monday a "very good day."

American Idol star Ryan Seacrest has been introduced as a new, permanent fixture on Live With Kelly. The show has now been appropriately renamed Live with Kelly and Ryan. Seacrest is one of the most experienced live hosts working in television. With such notable accolades from American Idol, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, his own radio show and red carpet interviews on E!.

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"Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game," said Ripa. "I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at Live to have him join the family. Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers."

Seacrest, who was once rumored to replace Matt Lauer on Today, will make the move to New York immediately to begin his co-hosting duties. He will also serve as an executive producer on Live alongside Ripa and Michael Gelman. Seacrest will also continue as host and executive producer of E!'s Live from the Red Carpet award shows, as well as ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and IHeart's televised events like the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Seacrest's other efforts, including the series he produces (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shades of Blues), his fashion collection (Ryan Seacrest Distinction) and his entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors will remain unaffected.

"With Ryan, Live has a new co-host who is a master of live TV, as well as a terrific interviewer with tens of thousands of hours of live broadcasting experience," said Gelman. "When you combine those attributes with the talents and experience of the incomparable Kelly Ripa, you have two skilled and entertaining broadcasters, with great chemistry. Add in an experienced production team and a successful 30-year franchise and you have the perfect combination."

Seacrest added, "Not only is Kelly Ripa one of the most talented live hosts in broadcast TV; she's also become a very dear friend to me over the years. It's consistently been my privilege and pleasure to work alongside Kelly with all her incredible talents, charm and humor – whether hosting the Disney Christmas Day Parade special with her a decade ago or guest co-hosting alongside her on Live, it's always just been easy and fun to share a set with her, and we have a blast."

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts

You don’t need to be an American Idol fan or an E! channel couch potato.

If you’re not currently dwelling under a rock, you’ve seen the smiling face of the rich and famous (thanks, Kardashians) Ryan Seacrest on your TV screen or in a magazine at least once.

He’s done more than well for himself in the biz and it can feel like we actually know him personally.

But how well do you really know the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve countdown host?

Here are 5 Ryan Seacrest unusual facts even his ex, Julianne Hough may not have the foggiest idea about…

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts—1:

He Once Dated a Desperate Housewife

According to Boomsbeat, back in 2006, the TV personality briefly dated the gorgeous Teri Hatcher.

She claims that Ryan pulled the, “It’s not you, it’s me” card on her and broke up with her with no explanation.

Perhaps he shoulda gone with, “Seacrest out!”

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts—2:

He’s Richer Than F

Sure, we know Seacrest makes a pile, but wrap your mind around $375 million!

Yep, The Richest reports that Ryan’s loaded beyond compare. No wonder Teri’s bitter.

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts—3:

He’s Got Ellen’s Old Digs

Seacrest owns a 4-acre mansion in swanky Beverly Hills which he purchased from its former owner, Ellen DeGeneres, for a whopping $37 million as per The Northeast Today.

With a home like that, even snarky Simon Cowell must be jealous.

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts—4:

He Coulda Been a Judge

No, not in the courtroom, but on the American Idol stage.

As per People, Seacrest initially interviewed for a role as one of the judges on the TV show, but just two days prior to production, he was given the role as host.

Brian Dunkleman’s been sour ever since.

Ryan Seacrest unusual facts—5:

He's a foodie

Seacrest’s dabbled in the world of TV food fame too.

In fact, as per Famous Birthdays, he won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

When does this guy sleep?!

Ryan’s more than just a pretty face with his hands in every pot. Who knows where we’ll see him next since Idol’s days are over?

Probably at the bank cashing another million dollar check!

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Fox have announced today that the next season—the 15th, of American Idol will be its last.

The judges for the last season will be the same as for the last two; Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr—with the original host Ryan Seacrest remaining in place.

The final swan song will pay tribute to the show's previous years so expect to see a lot of previous winners back to perform.

Ratings for Idol peaked around 2006 when it welcomed an unbelievable 36 million viewers for the season finale. Since then however, ratings have fallen every season and with the high production costs, Fox have decided that its time is up.

American Idol launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and of course Adam Lambert to name but a few. It was the first show of its genre and spawned numerous other singing competitions including The X Factor, America's Got Talent (both of which also starred Simon Cowell as judge), and of course The Voice, which is still going strong.

The cull was announced as part of Fox's announcement revealing its fall schedule and also a list of canceled shows including The Following, Backstrom and The Mindy Project.