ABC Signs Deal to Revive 'American Idol' With Ryan Seacrest as the Likely Host: Report – Us Weekly

ABC Signs Deal to Revive 'American Idol' With Ryan Seacrest as the Likely Host: Report – Us Weekly


It’s back! ABC has signed a deal to revive American Idol in March 2018, TMZ reports.

According to the outlet, the deal was officially closed on Friday, May 5, after several networks made offers to reboot the singing competition. ABC and production companies FremantleMedia and Core Media Group reportedly want Ryan Seacrest to return as the host of the show, which originally aired on Fox from 2002 to 2016.

Earlier this week, Seacrest, 42, was announced as Kelly Ripa‘s new cohost on ABC’s morning show Live! He relocated to New York City for the gig. If he returns to Idol, which films in Hollywood, he would likely have to travel from coast to coast several times a week.

TMZ reports that ABC is expected to announce the return of Idol later this month at the Upfronts presentation in New York. Sources previously told Variety that Idol may air on Sunday nights.

Us Weekly has reached out to ABC and Seacrest’s rep for comment.

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