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Ryan Seacrest Working on Agreeing to Terms for 'American Idol' Return
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18 Jun 2017 07:04 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Ryan Seacrest (Image Source: © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com via Wikimedia Commons)

Ever since it was announced that ABC was bringing back American Idol, everyone has been wondering if that meant the only person to work in front of the camera on every single episode of its run on Fox, Ryan Seacrest, would be returning to host.

In a Hollywood Reporter article, we get our answer. And that answer is that they're working on it.

Idol premiered on Fox in the summer of 2002. Seacrest shared hosting duties the first year with Brian Dunkleman, and the hosts were Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. Fifteen seasons later, Seacrest was hosting alone, and the judges were Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban as the show bid adieu to the airwaves.

NBC, Fox, and ABC were all vying to bring it back on the air, and ABC won the battle. Now the only question is who will be the judges and host? Katy Perry was the first to sign on as a judge, but the other spots are still open. However, it seems they're working hard on landing Seacrest as well.

ABC and producer Fremantle North America made Seacrest an offer for $10 million, but he's looking for closer to the $15 million range that he was earning at one point on Idol. Additionally, he wants creative input this time around. Being that he's also just signed on with ABC to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa, it seems like destiny.

Originally the network wanted to have the Seacrest deal in place by mid-May for ABC's upfronts. Instead, they announced their $25 million deal for Perry. Some insiders say Fremantle then came back to Seacrest with an offer that was nearly half the size of the first. His reps asked that his name be removed from consideration as host.

That lowball offer blindsided ABC and had them trying to figure out what to do. Disney/ABC's Ben Sherwood called Seacrest and begged him to allow them just one more day to fix it. He had his reservations about taking the gig this time around, wondering if that shipped had passed.

"I've always loved the show," Seacrest said in an interview. "And if I could do it forever, I would do it forever."

Some in his inner circle believe that being replaced on Idol would be really difficult for him.

That next day, as promised, Sherwood came through with a better offer, something higher than the original $10 million, as well as an executive producer title. Currently, he's reportedly still working on that deal.

And he's asking now, "Who am I if not the American Idol guy?"

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