9 Things You Didn’t Know About Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest is a well known figure in Hollywood. Thanks to his longtime hosting role on American Idol, everyone knew who Seacrest was with his charming smile and perfect hair, but his life away from hosting might surprise you. As it turns out Seacrest’s career in producing is one of the best in the industry, not to mention all of the other incredible success he has had. Here are 9 things you never knew about the entertainment industry mogul:
9. American Idol
Although Seacrest catapulted to success as the host of American Idol, it turns out it wasn’t the gig he was originally offered on the show. He revealed that he actually auditioned to be the third judge for the hugely popular show because they already had a host in Brian Dunkleman and added that he was made host only three days before the show’s very first episode after producers landed Randy Jackson as a judge at the last minute. While it was the his huge break in the industry, Seacrest had actually hosted several shows before American Idol including Radical Outdoor Challenge, Gladiators 2000, Wild Animal Games and NBC Saturday Night Movie.
8. Football Player
To the surprise of pretty much everyone, Ryan Seacrest actually used to be a football player on his high school’s football team. Since he was a bit bigger when he was younger he played as a center on the offensive line for the team, and although he said he wasn’t very good, he also said he had no problem “[knocking] the crap out of some people,” which is almost impossible to imagine after seeing Seacrest now. After playing center and linebacker, Seacrest lost some weight and was moved to strong safety. “I didn’t have a lot of technique or finesse or skill, so I just tried to ‘stick ’em.”