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Ryan Seacrest knows a good idea when he hears it!
ET caught up with the Live With Kelly and Ryan co-host outside the show's NYC studio on Wednesday, where he commented on reports that American Idol's first-season winner, Kelly Clarkson, is being eyed as a potential judge when the series returns.
"I heard the same rumors. She is incredible," the 42-year-old TV host raved. "She was so remarkable and sincere and lovely when she came on at the last season. I think she'd made a fantastic judge."
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This week, it was officially confirmed that the popular singing competition show will be returning, making a big network shift from Fox to ABC. Of course, no one is more tied to the Idol legacy than Seacrest, who hosted the program during the entire duration of its original run, and recently relocated to the Big Apple for his new daytime talk show job. Seacrest opened up about the possibility of returning as host and wondered if Idol might be willing to make the jump to the East Coast as well.
"I don't know, we're still talking about it. I read the GRAMMYs we're coming to New York," he explained. "I was like, 'Gosh, this would be an easier conversation if Idol was in New York,' but it's not my decision."
But even if Idol does stay in L.A., the ever-busy TV mogul is gonna do what he can to stay involved.
"Ironically, I was planning to think about how it could possibly work later today and tomorrow, but haven't gotten that far to see if it's physically possible," he said. "But I mean, I love the show, so we'll see."
Fair enough, Ryan!
Meanwhile, Seacrest's new co-host, Kelly Ripa, recently revealed she's "relieved" to have him on board Live as American Idol talks are going on.