ABC 'Hopeful' Ryan Seacrest Will Return to 'American Idol'
By Philiana Ng
American Idol will be bringing back Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for its third season on ABC, but one name synonymous with the franchise was noticeably missing. So, why isn't longtime host Ryan Seacrestconfirmed yet?
ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke addressed Seacrest's future with the franchise. Seacrest, who also hosts daytime talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan, is currently in the middle of a long-term deal with ABC.
"I do not believe that he will not be [a part of Idol]. We are in ongoing discussions with Ryan about returning, and I'm hopeful that he will," Burke said Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Also joining Perry, Bryan and Richiefor the upcoming season is in-house mentor Bobby Bones, who is the reigning Dancing With the Stars champion.