“American Idol” isn’t dead after all. The old Fox ratings powerhouse-turned-pathetic will have new life on ABC.
“Idol fans no doubt hope Ryan Seacrest will return as host. He himself revealed on Monday’s “Live with Kelly & Ryan” that he and the network hadn’t “gotten that far” yet,” said People magazine.
News of the reboot came Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where Amy Robach said a host, judges and premiere date for the show would be announced later.
Seacrest has a new gig, of course — with Kelly Ripa on “Live” — but he says he’s interested in the old one.
“I had said at the end of the series, ‘Goodbye for now,’ hoping somewhere it would come back,” he said.
“I had no idea it was being talked about to come here until late last week I heard a rumor in the news and made a phone call, and they said, ‘Yeah, it may actually end up here.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s kind of good to know since I work here.’”
The New York Times noted that “American Idol,” was a once dominant in network TV for Fox, “and the standard-bearer for an era of amateur talent shows.”
“But over its last few seasons — as it cycled through judges, and rival competition shows like ‘The Voice’ slowed its momentum — the show’s audience collapsed. Fox announced it was ending its ‘American Idol’ run two years ago, and the show’s final episode was in April 2016. Few were surprised when the decision was announced.”
Amid rumors that Seacrest would ditch “Live,” Ripa told her 42-year-old co-host that she would pick up the slack for their morning show, People said.
“You can disconnect for that!” Ripa was quoted as saying. “On the days where it is the day after, I will totally … You won’t even have to think — I will do it all!”