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21 Jul 2017 04:07 PM EST

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

Ryan Seacrest officially has yet another iron in the fire; he and Steve Harvey may be tied for who the busiest man in television is, but this could have given Seacrest the edge.

Seacrest has just been officially added to the roster of the revised American Idol that will be airing on ABC in the spring.

He started his career as a TV host in 1993 and a decade later added radio DJ into the mix. He's now a producer as well. What he's mostly associated with, however, is being the host of American Idol. He held that gig throughout the duration of the Fox version of the show from 2002 through 2016.

Not appearing on Fox this winter/spring did not mean Seacrest was looking for work. He was still very busy. One of his regular gigs this past year was guest hosting Live! with his good pal Kelly Ripa. They made it official in May when he officially became her new co-host.

Shortly after that, it was announced that ABC was bringing American Idol back on the air. The immediate question was if Seacrest would be able to do his radio show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and American Idol.

According to his announcement Thursday on Live with Kelly and Ryan, he can.

ABC says that the consummate host "will help reinvigorate the series that pioneered a new genre of television, staying true to the heart of the show by sharing inspiring stories and turning dreams into reality."

"It's genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me," said Seacrest. "I'm so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it's allowed me to experience. It's been an incredible journey from day one."

"To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal," he continued. "I believe ABC is the perfect home for 'Idol,' and I've every confidence the show's legions of fans will love it — especially 'Idol's' best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true."

ABC still has some work ahead of them with the relaunch of the series. While they snatched up the talents of Katy Perry right away as a judge, they still need at least two more judges, if not three. There was a rumor recently that they were considering Lionel Richie but needed to wrap up Seacrest's contract first.

They have less than a month to tidy that business up. Auditions are scheduled to start on August 17.

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