Ryan Seacrest is an energetic television personality best known for hosting "American Idol," which made him one of Hollywood's highest-paid talents. More or less on the side, he also hosts "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," a syndicated top 40 radio program heard throughout the United States and Canada.
Voted as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful," as well as one of its "Most Eligible Bachelors" of 2005, Seacrest charms his audiences with his broad smile and youthful looks. He signed a three-year contract in 2009 that will pay him $45 million, one of the biggest deals for a host in television history.
Seacrest was born near Atlanta, Ga., in 1974, but dropped out of the University of Georgia at age 19 to look for work in Hollywood. He was a host from the start, winning a job in 1994 with a kids' show, "Gladiators 2000," and moving on to host "Click," a teen game show.
Some of Seacrest's reviews have been negative, and his first syndicated TV variety and talk program, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," lasted less than a year due to poor ratings. In 2004, however, Seacrest took over the long-running national radio show "American Top 40," previously anchored by Casey Kasem. Soon afterward, Seacrest replaced Rick Dees as the morning-show host at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM (102.7).
Seacrest also hosts "E News," the E network's main TV news program, and is an executive producer of the reality series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."