Fox casts vote for Seacrest in 2nd 'Idol' round
By Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Ryan Seacrest is rolling up his sleeves to return to work on "American Idol."
Seacrest has inked a deal to return as a host on the second installment of Fox's "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar," set to launch in first-quarter 2003.
The network declined comment on Seacrest's deal, but sources said he will get close to $1 million for his second hosting stint, about three times what he earned for the first "Idol" installment.
No decision has been made yet on Seacrest's co-host from the first "Idol" series, Brian Dunkleman. Sources indicated that Seacrest might fly solo in the second series, while a female co-host is also a possibility, mostly in the early rounds.
Seacrest is the second "Idol" personality to sign on the dotted line for a second round of duty on the 19 Television/Fremantle Media series. He joins judge Simon Cowell, who is set to return for reported $2 million. No deals have been finalized with Cowell's fellow judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, but they both are expected to sit with Cowell at the judges table.
Seacrest next appears Monday on Fox's "Idol" concert special, which he will co-host with Dunkleman. The concert, taped in Las Vegas this week, will feature the series' 30 semifinalists.
In addition to his "Idol" duties, Seacrest continues as a host of KYSR-FM's top-rated "Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home With Lisa Foxx" afternoon show.