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Seacrest responds to American Idol cancellation

Ryan Seacrest feels “very fortunate” to have hosted hit reality TV singing competition American Idol since its debut in 2002.

Fox network confirmed on Monday the upcoming 15th season of the reality TV singing competition, which airs in January 2016, will be the last.

Ryan has been hosting the programme since its 2002 debut and he is grateful to be part of a show that launched the careers of stars like Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.

“American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it’s frankly hard to imagine it without it,” Ryan wrote in a statement released to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It’s a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.”

The current crop of judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., will remain in place for American Idol’s final season and Ryan is staying on as host.

Ryan is excited about future American Idol shows, as he believes the series will go out with a bang.

“All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years,” he noted. “I’m so glad they’re going to give us a season-long send off. The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I’m looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favourite part – two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!”

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