We’re not sure how Ryan has enough time in each day to do it all, but here’s yet another line on his long resume: Seacrest will be a NBC Olympics correspondent, making his debut for this summer’s London Games. In an interview with Today show’s Matt Lauer 4/4, he said, “The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! Network. The first assignment will be to join the primetime team for the Olympics on NBC.”
E! Entertainment Television and NBC are owned by parent company Comcast. Beyond working on the London Olympics coverage, Seacrest and Lauer addressed speculation that the American Idol host was working on getting Lauer’s anchor spot ahead of his Today contract’s expiration date.
Seacrest joked that his conversations with Today producers “were mostly about filling in to do weather.”
When Lauer asked if he could see himself taking over at Today as co-anchor, Seacrest responded: “I don’t know. I see you doing this for as long as you want to. So the question is: how long will you be on the Today show?”
Seacrest, whose contract with Idol is set to expire after the current season, confirmed he will continue as host of the Fox hit show. Nonetheless, Seacrest’s new deal reportedly will likely include occasional Today appearances in addition to a spot in NBC’s Olympics coverage.
Seacrest co-hosts E! News, oversees Ryan Seacrest Productions (the Kardashian reality shows and Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset), hosts his morning radio show “On Air” with Clear Channel and also has a partnership in place with Mark Cuban to rebrand HDNet as a live-entertainment-focused cable network called “AXS.”