Ryan Seacrest has not yet confirmed or denied if he'll be hosting the American Idol reboot
, but he's definitely aware that the show is officially returning to TV.
On Wednesday's Live With Kelly and Ryan, the 42-year-old TV star made a joke about Idol -- which he hosted for 15 seasons -- when talking about the GRAMMYs taking place in New York City next year.
Nothing how much easier that will be for him to cover the red carpet because he just moved to NYC
, Seacrest quipped,
"Just move American Idol
, [that] would be so much easier!"
Last week, a source close to FremantleMedia -- the production company behind Idol -- told ET that it's "entirely possible to do American Idol in New York City."
"It could be more costly, but worth it," the source noted. "Everyone knows that Ryan is the glue that keeps the show together. A reboot without him is almost unthinkable."
Meanwhile, new reports claim that ABC
is eyeing Kelly Clarkson -- who won the first season of American Idol
-- to serve as a judge, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
On Monday's Live, before it was officially announced that Idol would be returning to TV, Seacrest addressed rumors that he would be hosting the reboot. "I had said at the end of the series, 'Goodbye for now' -- hoping somewhere it would come back," he admitted, later adding, "I don’t know if I can host it. Do you know the preparation I have to do for [Live] every night?"
"Ryan has a lot of affection for American Idol, given the significance to his career and all the connectivity it has to the things he loves -- live, pop music, talent discovery, etc," a source told ET last week. "There have been no formal discussions with Ryan about his involvement but I’m sure he would be open to it, in the right capacity in the scenario that fits the other pieces above.”