American Idol, just renewed for a 14th cycle, will return with its original host. I have learned that Ryan Seacrest has closed a new deal to continue on the Fox reality series, which launched his TV career. I hear his contract is for the next season with an option for another. Seacrest remains in discussions with NBCUniversal, where his wide-ranging deal spanning Today, the Olympics and E! also is up. He will likely reach a new agreement with NBCU, though its scope is still in flux because Seacrest is busy on so many fronts. He also has a major deal with Clear Channel, where he has his radio show and has been involved in the iHeartRadio franchise as host and producer.
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