Radio and television personality Ryan Seacrest has come a long ways from his humble beginnings in Atlanta, GA. Born in 1974, Seacrest recalls that instead of playing with blocks or GI Joes, he always had a microphone in his hand ready to perform.
By the age of 16, he was already working on a radio internship at Atlanta’s WRSTM FM. Local radio show personality Tom Sullivan helped him hone his skills. He went on to attend the University of Georgia, but Hollywood was calling. At the age of 19, he dropped out of college and got his first hosting gig on ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge.
He kept busy throughout the 90s hosting a number of TV shows including Wild Animal Games, Ultimate Revenge and Click. His biggest break came in 2002, when he was pegged to host the new music singing contest, American Idol, on FOX. The show was a mega-hit with nearly 26 million viewers worldwide. Seacrest stayed with the show until 2016.
He was also busy with several other shows including Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve. The show co-hosted with Seacrest saw the highest ratings of all shows on the same genre.
After Michael Strahan left the wildly successful show Live With Kelly and Michael, Seacrest signed a multi-year contract to replace him. He recently became the new voice for the American Top 40 show.
In 2006, Seacrest brokered a deal with E Network to produce reality shows Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe and Lamar and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
Seacrest has received a number of honors for his work and philanthropy.
He has a clothing line that he launched in 2017, and a skin care line due to be introduced to the market early next year.