“American Idol” host and media mogul Ryan Seacrest stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, Nov. 26.
Kimmel dove right in to talk about Seacrest’s busy schedule, as he’s got something brewing with all of the major networks, except CBS: “American Idol” on Fox, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC, and “The Today Show” on NBC.
The pair of TV hosts discussed Seacrest’s Thanksgiving activities with girlfriend Julianne Hough, the upcoming season of “American Idol” and judge Nicki Minaj’s ongoing behavior controversy, and this year’s celebrity line up for the first “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special without the late, great emcee Dick Clark.
Kimmel mentioned Seacrest’s huge success with “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on “E!” and told Seacrest he needs to apologize to America for that one.
Seacrest fiercely defended the glam-fam saying, “They’re a blessing! You know I’m very close to them. They’re a blessing in so many ways.”
Kimmel joked, “Thanks to them, I think you can purchase a small country.”
Seacrest came back with, “They’re today’s Brady Bunch.”
By the sound of Kimmel’s laughter, that might be stretching it.
As for Thanksgiving, Seacrest reported splitting the time between his small family in Atlanta and Hough’s large close knit bunch in Nashville.
Kimmel flashed various photos of Seacrest at the Hough family activities, including one of him sitting at the kids’ table with Hough’s niece and one of Hough trying to wrench a shoe off of Seacrest’s foot.
“American Idol” season 12 kicks off on Jan. 16 with music diva Mariah Carey joining country icon Keith Urban, R & B sensation Nicki Minaj and “American Idol” veteran judge, Randy Jackson.
A lot of controversy has surrounded Nicki Minaj’s loose cannon behavior, with reports last month of her feud with Mariah Carey during auditions and most recently, her Nov. 26 tweets about former “Idol” judge and rock legend Steven Tyler, in which she claims he made a racist comment about her and she tells him to “go f**k yourself.”
When Kimmel broached the subject, Seacrest danced around it, instead focusing on how great each of the judges is at giving their opinions during auditions.
“You’ve got Mariah, you’ve got Keith Urban, you’ve got Randy Jackson, you’ve got Nicki Minaj, all very different and they’re fantastic at filtering through the kids. Who knows when this show goes live, what’s gonna happen? But I think it’ll be compelling TV.”
Kimmel asked if Nicki Minaj is crazy and if Seacrest is afraid of her.
Seacrest said, “No, I am not. You know I love her fashion…I think people are going to be impressed with how good she is at being a judge on the show.”
The conversation turned to Seacrest’s stint as host of one of the biggest television events of the year – at the very end of the year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
Last year, “The Hollywood Reporter” reported Nielsen ratings for the broadcast as an average of 22.6 million viewers, drawing in the largest audience for ABC in 11 years.
The infamous Times Square ball drop usually draws a crowd of about 1 million live spectators and a global television viewing audience of about 1 billion.
Sadly, this will be the first year Seacrest will be hosting the event alone, in lieu of TV icon Dick Clark’s passing on April, 18, 2012 due to a heart attack.
Therefore, Seacrest dubbed this year’s event as “bittersweet” and named the list of 2013 “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” celebrity performers, headlined by music megastar Taylor Swift, as follows:
“There’s nobody hotter than Taylor Swift right now. So, she’s gonna be performing live. We’ve got Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida, and Pitbull. Fergie will be hosting from the West coast.”
Seacrest added, “There’s nothing like being at Times Square at that moment of midnight, when everybody celebrates.”
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013” will air December 31, 2012 in Flint on WJRT ABC12, with the festivities beginning with a two-hour tribute to Dick Clark that will air from 8-10 PM ET.