American Idol host Ryan Seacrest professed his loyalty to the Fox talent series while keeping coy about his prospects at NBCUniversal, where his producing deal is up this month. (Word is that the new deal for Seacrest, whose current pact is with E!, would include an NBC component.) Seacrest’s contract for Idol, which pays him some $15 million a year, is up at the end of this coming season, and there has been talk that he may be facing a pay cut. “Regarding American Idol, I’ve been part of it for 11 years,” Seacrest said. “I can’t imagine life without Idol.” Seacrest confirmed that he is in negotiations with NBCUniversal about a new deal there but declined to comment whether a potential new pact there would include a gig on NBC’s The Today Show. Seacrest recently met with NBC News executives about the possibility of stepping in for Matt Lauer if Lauer decides to leave the morning show at the end of his contract in December. Seacrest also deflected a question whether he could see himself hosting NBC’s The Voice as part of a new deal with NBCU. “Right now I only see myself hosting American Idol for this season.” Added Fox’s alternative chief Mike Darnell, “We love Ryan. We can’t imagine the show without him and would love to have him as long as he wants to be on the show, which we hope would be forever.”
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