Ryan Seacrest Reacts to News of 'American Idol' Cancellation

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Ryan Seacrest, the only constant player on American Idol since its inception, has spoken out regarding word that American Idol is ending following its 15th season, which begins in January.

In a statement issued to People magazine, Ryan Seacret shared what the show has meant to him.

"American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it," the statement reads. "It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways."

He then talked about the impact American Idol has made on his career.

"It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true, too," Ryan Seacrest said.

Life seemed to get better and better once Ryan Seacrest signed on to serve as host on American Idol. Two years later he became the new host of American Top 40. A month later he took over Los Angeles radio station KIIS's morning show--now called On Air With Ryan Seacrest. He has served as host and executive producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve since 2005.

After signing a deal with E!, he launched Ryan Seacrest Productions. He produces Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Yes, American Idol definitely impacted Ryan Seacrest's career.

"All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years. I'm so glad they're going to give us a season-long send-off," his statement continues.

"The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I'm looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favorite part--two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!"

Ryan Seacrest will no longer grace the American Idol stage, but will definitely remain a staple in the entertainment industry.

Are you as disappointed as Ryan Seacrest has to be that American Idol has been cancelled?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.