Ryan Seacrest to boost CCME work; may drop E!


Ryan SeacrestHe’s reportedly in talks with CCME for an expanded role. He currently hosts the syndicated “On Air” morning show and hosts mornings for CCME’s KIIS-FM LA. He also hosts the American Top 40 countdown shows.

“The most lucrative part of Seacrest’s portfolio is likely to become that much more so. The host is in talks with longtime radio partner Clear Channel about taking on an increased role at the company. (His current $25 million deal runs through 2015, and new responsibilities would mean an extension and more money.) The plan would be for Seacrest to help build out more multiplatform programming with Clear Channel and the iHeart brand that he would host and produce via his Ryan Seacrest Productions. He began dabbling with the latter late last year, when he hosted a One Direction iHeart Radio “album release party” special on the CW,” noted The Hollywood Reporter.

While Seacrest is close to making a new deal to remain with Fox’s American Idol for two more years, his future with NBCUniversal, however, is “far less certain,” said the story. “His long-term deal with the conglomerate expired at the end of March, according to one well-placed source; and while talks continue about some producing and hosting relationship with the company, another deal of its kind is highly unlikely. He has signaled to executives there that he’d like to move on, as NBCU hasn’t been able to offer the kind of sizable platform he’s after. As part of those conversations, he’s made clear to execs at E!, specifically, that he’d like to walk away from his red carpet responsibilities, just as he did with his on-air presence on E! News two years ago.”

See the Hollywood Reporter story here