Although Ryan Seacrest may be best known as the face of American Idol, he has been involved in many television shows throughout his career both on and off camera. After getting his start in media at the age of just 16, Ryan fell in love with broadcasting work and never looked back. Before he graduated with his degree in journalism, he left for Hollywood with a dream of breaking into showbusiness.
When Ryan first arrived in Hollywood, he took on multiple television hosting jobs, getting a feel for the work. These years of hosting experience came in handy in 2002 when he was offered the gig to host what became a major hit television show, American Idol. While being the American Idol host, Ryan didn’t stop working on his other various projects. He continued hosting radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest, American Top 40, and on-air personality at KIIS-FM. In 2017, Ryan took on another hosting job, filling the longtime search for Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
In addition to his hosting duties, Ryan Seacrest began producing various television shows in 2006 after partnering with the E! channel. He started by producing the E! red carpet award show coverage and brought the cultural phenomenon Keeping Up with the Kardashians to television screens in 2007. He also produces the many Kardashian spin-offs such as Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, and Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
Ryan’s other passion is child healthcare, so he founded the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in an effort to lift the spirits of sick children at his centers across the nation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at building broadcast media centers at children’s hospitals in order to inspire, teach, and entertain children who are battling illnesses.
The Foundation just opened their 10th center and hope to continue expanding in the United States and throughout the world. So far, the Foundation has touched the lives of thousands of children, with celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift lending their star power to a worthy cause.