One of the more annoying memories of the early 2000s has to be the time when American Idol cursed us with Ryan Seacrest––and almost 20 years later, he’s still around, peddling that faux charm across every media platform in existence––even during quarantine. And when Ryan seemed like he was having some kind of medical emergency on live TV during the American Idol finale, his rep blamed good old exhaustion and now we’re hearing that ABC is worried that their hardest-working cyborg is overworked.
During the AI finale, Ryan was slurring his words and his eye drooped. Some people actually thought that one of the world’s oldest twinks was having a stroke on live television. After claiming that it was just a case of the sleepies, Ryan didn’t do the sensible thing and cut back on some of his scheduled appearances (because GOD KNOWS we can’t be without Ryan Seacrest for 10 minutes). Instead, he shrugged it off, took a lil’ nap and chugged forward like the professional teleprompter-reader. The only “rest” Ryan gets is Restylane, thankyouverymuch!
Well now, Page Six is reporting that the executives at ABC, where he is still co-hosting “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, are worried that he is stretching himself too far. This concern started back on May 18, when Ryan didn’t turn up to a morning taping of “Live”, leaving the production team less than 30 minutes to find a replacement (in the form of Kelly’s husband, Mark Consuelos). This also happened to be the day after his droopy eye episode on American Idol. But, again, Ryan recharged and was back to work the next morning, telling everyone not to worry.
Insiders say there is little chance of Ryan scaling back his work duties. Known for his moniker, “the hardest-working man in show business” (a title that actually belongs to John Travolta’s wig-maker), Ryan lives to stay busy. In fact, a friend gave Page Six a breakdown of Ryan’s daily schedule:
“People underestimate just how much work Ryan puts in every day. [Right now,] he wakes up at 4 a.m., has producer meetings by 5 a.m. and has to be ready to film at 6 a.m. LA time as ‘Live’ goes on air at 9 a.m. EST. Add the radio show every day, in addition to hosting “Idol” and additional content for his platforms,” said the friend. “He has definitely had to adjust his body clock.
“While some of us can turn off or take a break throughout our workday, he almost always has a camera on him or a microphone in his hand. He’s always on.”
So with everything going on in the world right now, you do NOT need to add Ryan Seacrest’s grueling schedule to the list of things you should be worrying about. Either he’s going to burn himself out and spontaneously combust on one of his many television shows, or he will outlast the explosion of the sun and continue to host his radio show for the surviving cockroaches.