Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson Have an 'American Idol' Reunion on 'Live,' Recall Their 1st Day of Auditions
By Jackie Willis
It was as if no time had passed when Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson reunited on Thursday morning.
Jackson -- who was a judge for 12 seasons on Fox'sAmerican Idolwhile Seacrest was hosting -- filled in for Kelly Ripa as co-host of Live With Kelly and Ryan alongside his old friend. Seacrest will soon return as the host of ABC's reboot of Idol, but remembers a great deal about that first day of auditions for the singing competition show in 2002.
"I remember walking in and seeing this guy who just finished his cigarette and his pants were high and his shirt had this gap," Seacrest remembered. "I said, 'This guy is on our show?' Turns out, it was Simon Cowell."
In June, Jackson told ET that he had been approached about being a part of the Idol reboot. “They wanted me to take Ryan Seacrest's job, because they said 'Look man, look, you got it. You know how to do it, dog,'” he said. “I would only host with Ryan. He's my friend."
Check out more of ET's interview with Jackson, where he talks further American Idol's return to TV: