Ryan Seacrest will serve as host of NBC’s live late-night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, NBC announced with less than a year to go until the Opening Ceremony. Seacrest served as a correspondent for the 2012 London Games, and co-hosted the Closing Ceremony. Those Games were the most-watched television event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers tuning in at some point during the days of competition.
“The late-night atmosphere will be electric,” Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics, said in today’s announcement. “We’re thrilled to have Ryan Seacrest in the middle of it all capturing Rio’s unique flavor, talking to Olympic athletes, and telling the stories of the day.”
“Joining the NBC Olympics team at the 2012 London Games was an exhilarating experience,” added Seacrest. “I appreciate Jim Bell’s confidence, along with everyone at NBC Sports. I can’t wait to reunite with the team of broadcasters and producers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I look forward to hosting the live late night show.”
Bob Costas had served as host of primetime and late-night Olympic coverage for NBC at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, which was do-able owing to the time difference in Sochi. Mary Carillo previously hosted Olympics late-night coverage. Costas has been primetime host for every NBC-covered Olympic Games since 1992, including those London Games NBC boasted about clocking more than 217M viewers. With his 2014 assignment, Costas became U.S. television’s first 10-time Olympic prime-time host.
Seacrest is about to host the final season of Fox’s singing competition American Idol, and also is host and executive producer of ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve program, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. He also has an agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks, including serving as host and producer of the E! Live from the Red Carpet awards programs.
On radio, Seacrest host On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.
The Summer Games begin August 5, 2016. NBCUniversal has the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. At the conclusion of the 2032 Games, NBCUniversal will have presented 23 total, including 17 consecutive, Olympic Games, the most for a U.S. media company in both categories.