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.”