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    Huh? What? Did I miss something?

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    Although American Idol host Ryan Seacrest often trades barbs with judge Simon Cowell, now the tension between him and another judge, Paula Abdul, has reached a boiling point.

    "It's awkward. I don't know what the deal is. It's very awkward," Seacrest, 31, told PEOPLE on Friday, referring to his relationship with Abdul.

    Asked if he was speaking to Abdul, Seacrest answered: "No."

    Seacrest, who was in Las Vegas at a groundbreaking event for the new luxury Panorama Towers, said he hasn't yet confronted his fellow Idol cast mate. "You know, I walked past her dressing room the other day and there was a group of people gathered in front of the door, so I can't even talk to her. Simon and I go back and forth with each other, but it's in a different way."

    A source close to Seacrest says the Idol host was joking about the feud. But another inside source tells PEOPLE that Seacrest and Abdul’s relationship has been “icy” since they each appeared separately on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently.

    In Seacrest's March 30 appearance, Leno said that Abdul had seemed "a little loopy" on a recent episode of Idol to which Seacrest replied, "Well, have you listened to her album?" When Leno playfully asked whether Abdul had been drinking, Seacrest answered, "Hey look, I don't look in their cups to see what's sitting before them on that table. But at times I feel like we have reeled her in."

    Abdul, 43, had a chance to shoot back when she appeared on the show on April 10. Leno brought out an issue of Rolling Stone magazine that featured the three Idol judges prominently on the cover (and Seacrest in a small photo) and asked whether Seacrest was mad about being excluded. "I heard plenty mad," replied Abdul.

    Next, Leno asked whether Seacrest was dating Teri Hatcher since the pair had been photographed kissing. "He only kisses the mirror," said Abdul. "And honestly, do you think Teri Hatcher is that desperate of a housewife?"

    In the weeks after Abdul's Leno appearance, Seacrest frequently approached the judges' table during Idol commercial breaks, but usually spoke only to Cowell and Randy Jackson.

    Abdul could not be reached for comment.
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    http://hub.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art...10310/1104/HUB

    Seacrest ... in! 'Idol' host has built an entertainment empire
    (Associated Press)

    The next Dick Clark? Ryan Seacrest has developed into a superhost on radio and TV.

    Here's one thing you and I have in common with Ryan Seacrest: None of us knows whatever happened to Brian Dunkleman.

    "I haven't spoken to Brian since the last episode we did together in Season 1 of 'American Idol,' " Seacrest said recently of his former sidekick.

    Like a discarded booster rocket, Dunkleman fell away as "Idol" soared into the stratosphere. Four years later, the 31-year-old Seacrest is captain of the ship, having developed into a megahost, a species I thought had gone away when three TV channels became 300 and radio fragmented into a boutique mall.

    With each triumphant season - "Idol" is now the No. 1 show in TV and its audience is growing - more offers are thrown at Seacrest's feet. Apparently he takes all of them.

    Behind the scenes, he is building an empire that reminds many industry watchers of the rise of another pop music host, Dick Clark. On the radio, meanwhile, Seacrest has stepped into the shoes of Casey Kasem as host of "American Top 40" and legendary L.A. DJ Rick Dees.

    Seacrest also fills in for Larry King regularly on CNN. And last week, E aired the first in a series of Barbara Walters-like interviews that Seacrest will conduct with celebrities in their homes.

    "I have a lot that I want to do," the Atlanta native told TV critics at January's press conference. "I'm fulfilled now with the hosting and talent aspect of my career. I'm not fulfilled with the production aspect of my career."

    Full and filled would certainly describe the hosting aspect. Two years ago, Seacrest took over one of the most revered jobs in radio, the morning drive program on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles that had been hosted for more than two decades by Rick Dees.

    Five hours of morning radio is the gig that seems to inspire awe in industry types and ordinary folk alike. Last month, freshly ousted "Idol" contestant Bucky Covington called in to "The Ryan Seacrest Show," and the host asked the country boy (who sounded on the radio like Boomhauer from the TV show "King of the Hill") what had surprised him most about his time in L.A.

    "You," Covington gushed. "Nobody has any idea how many hours you put in your job."

    Actually, we do know how many hours he puts into his job, thanks to an intrepid Boston Herald reporter who detailed a recent day in the life of Seacrest. It begins shortly after 4 a.m., an hour before his KIIS-FM show goes on the air, and continues late mornings at E, where Seacrest works on "E News Daily" and other programs he produces and hosts for the channel.

    His day ends either at (a) CBS Television City, where "Idol" is taped; (b) the studios of "American Top 40," the radio countdown show he took over in 2004; (c) the L.A. bureau of CNN, whenever King needs a sub; (d) wherever he is when he's developing his fashion line; or (e) home, which will soon be the $11.5 million Hollywood Hills manse Seacrest reportedly took off Kevin Costner's hands.

    Why he takes all the work is a mystery. Why he gets the work isn't. First, as he proved during that debut season of "American Idol," Seacrest is one steady Eddie. He told a reporter in 2003 that he saw his role on the show to provide "emotional support" for the contestants.

    The other reason Seacrest is in demand is that he brings order and decorum to what could easily be televised chaos. That was never more apparent than in his transformation of E's red carpet specials this winter.

    Keeping it steady

    E's carpet had been embarrassing for years, from the tawdry fashion pronouncements of Joan Rivers to Star Jones' fawning interviews with celeb pals to, most recently, when designer/interviewer Isaac Mizrahi groped Scarlett Johansson's breast. On Oscar night, it was a different E. Longtime fans may lament the dialing-down of the channel's schlock quotient, but the red carpet was clearly more professional under Seacrest.

    Growing up, Seacrest said, his American idol was Dick Clark, who used his "Bandstand" to build a production factory that specialized in churning out low-cost, high-appeal shows like "Bloopers" and "The $20,000 Pyramid" and much more.

    Seacrest said he "had sat with Dick Clark years ago and asked him what his advice was, and asked him what he did to get to where he was."

    So it was both touching and appropriate that Seacrest would work side by side with Clark, clearly addled by the effects of a stroke, in putting on this year's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." At the end, Clark turned to his co-host Seacrest, hugged him and gave him a kiss.

    "It was a special moment personally and professionally," Seacrest recalled.

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    I am a big fan of Ryan's and am amazed that he is able to do all that he does!!
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    WOW! That is some work schedule. He deserves his success, he keeps AI fun and light. I like him.

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    Why people call him 'Tool'crest? Where did that start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harleychick View Post
    Why people call him 'Tool'crest? Where did that start?

    I don't about Toolcrest, but I've heard Foolcrest.

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    The biggest question of all: How the heck did Ryan pick up the name "Sprinkles" or "Rainbow Sprinkles"?

    Oh sure, I have a guess, but what is the REAL story? I know it goes back at least 2 years.

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    http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Interviews-Features/Article/default.aspx?posting={C8AFCB2D-04EA-4D4A-9E92-B8D34F52BE1F}

    Friday, December 29, 2006
    Ryan Seacrest Rocks New Year's — and the New American Idol
    by Megan Cherkezian


    Whether in a celebration at home with family and friends or a crowded club in the heart of the city, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (starting Sunday at 10 pm/ET, on ABC) has for the past 35 years been the No. 1 choice to usher in the next 365 days. No matter the sometimes deafening background noise, it's all about the biggest party in the country, says cohost Ryan Seacrest, who came on board last year as Clark, still recovering from a stroke, needed an extra voice to keep the bash bumpin'. Seacrest — who sometimes worries that he scares the 77-year-old Clark with his overzealous attitude — says working on the program is surreal, as the energy and enthusiasm of the night unfold. "It's electrifying to be in the center of Times Square," the American Idol host declares. "It's a luxury to work underneath where the ball drops."

    With Grammy-nominated artists added to the list of 19 performances this year, the entertainment is sure not to disappoint. Stars like Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, the cast from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Meat Loaf and Natasha Bedingfield, among others, will sing in the new year from the Big Apple, while the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie will oversee the Hollywood fete.

    With a packed program like this, it seems to be under control, but when TVGuide.com asked Seacrest if there would be any unscheduled surprises — like a visit from, say, hard-hitting Idol judge Simon Cowell — he said there will definitely be time for some unannounced happenings. "It's safe to say Simon won't show up because he can't stand to watch anything where he's not featured," says Seacrest. "[But] it's a live telecast that starts early, so I'm sure there will be things that surprise me." In fact, that's one of the things Seacrest enjoys about being a host — the spontaneity. "I can't remember scripts and lines, so I'm most comfortable in these situations that unfold beat by beat."

    If you do want to see Simon, you'll have to wait until the Jan. 16, Season 6 premiere of Fox's American Idol, where you will see not only a "grumpier" Cowell, according to Seacrest, but also a more competitive contestant pool.

    "You will see some of the most aggressive contestants [this season]," he previews. "It's certainly an individual sport when it comes to auditioning." And true to Idol's nature, some of those individuals are talentless, misguided hopefuls. "In Seattle specifically, we got tired of a few of these contestants that were just from another planet," says Seacrest. "When we set out to audition this year, we thought, 'Well, what's going to be left?' But we were fulfilled. We saw plenty of naive talent, and plenty of good talent."

    Seacrest already has a full plate — besides his radio shows On-Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, his gigs on E! News, the Live from the Red Carpet specials, and Idol, he is co-owner of eight restaurants and a clothing line (The R Line). He is also busy producing E!'s Paradise City, a Vegas-based half-hour reality series about twentysomethings trying to make it in the entertainment industry (debuting in 2007), plus he's working hard rooting for his famous friends, like Grammy-nominated John Mayer and Golden Globe-nominated Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), a previous Idol wannabe whom Seacrest remembers as a powerhouse. And if that weren't enough, he's working on a new music-industry-related project that is too secret to divulge just yet, but which he hopes to announce in the beginning of the new year.

    But before he can do that, he'll be counting down the end of 2006 with the other million people in Times Square and all the viewers at home anxiously awaiting a fresh start. According to Seacrest, no plans for him to fully take over Rockin' Eve have been discussed, so while he tries to snag a midnight kiss from Xtina and figure out a resolution for '07, he'll be enjoying sharing the biggest celebration with the one who's been partying harder than any host in the business. 2006... out.
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    I'm sick of him. He's is overexposed and his ego seems to get larger with every public appearance.

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    I love Ryan.....
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    This still makes me laugh out loud........

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