Is Ryan Seacrest Leaving 'American Idol' to Host 'Wheel of Fortune'?

Chris Barilla - Author

Jun. 28 2023, Updated 1:00 p.m. ET

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There are few media personalities who are as much of a household name as Ryan Seacrest. The famous multitasker has worn many hats over the years, with definitive gigs on Live With Kelly and Ryan as well as American Idol.

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Two months after his April 2023 departure from Live With Kelly and Ryan, it was announced that Ryan would be taking over Pat Sajak's role as host of Wheel of Fortune.

So, what does that mean for Ryan's American Idol duties? Is Ryan leaving his position on the singing competition?

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Is Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol'?

Ryan has been the one consistent face on American Idol since Day 1, when he co-hosted the show in the first season and then became the sole host by the sophomore season.

While judges have come and gone, Ryan's hosting gig has remained ubiquitous with the popular reality show. So, when news came out in February 2023 that he decided to leave his role on Live, one that he had held for roughly seven years, fans became worried that American Idol might also be on the chopping block.

But ABC confirmed to The New York Times at the time that Ryan's longtime role on American Idol was still safe for the time being.

Given the fact that Ryan has never hinted that he's growing tired of hosting the singing competition, it seems as though he will remain its longest-running cast member.

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The same can't be said about Live, however. According to a February 2023 Page Six report, sources said Ryan had appeared exhausted frequently when he was on set for Live. On top of that, those close with Ryan and the program shared that fatigue led him to miss hosting gigs. When Ryan wasn't around, Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos, would fill in. Mark eventually went on to take over Ryan's role permanently.

"Some of Ryan’s absences created tension with everyone involved on the show," the insider told Page Six at the time. "But everyone cares about him and respects him and just wants to make sure he’s OK."

In his Live exiting statement, Ryan shared, "It’s been a memorable ride, and now I’m excited to pass the baton to Kelly’s ‘real’ husband, Mark."

All in all, considering there has been no news to indicate that Ryan is planning on leaving American Idol, fans can rest assured for now that the beloved host isn't going anywhere.

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