Ryan Seacrest first made big waves as the enthusiastic host of a new singing competition called American Idol. With a great smile and star quality, Seacrest skyrocketed to fame, hosting nearly every red carpet event you can imagine over the course of the last 15 years. But aside from his onscreen presence, what do we really know about Ryan Seacrest?
If anything, Ryan Seacrest is an entrepreneur at heart. He has had a hand in almost every major entertainment model, from cooking to reality television to scripted shows to fashion to anything else you can think of. But beyond that, Seacrest has always had a strong desire to be onscreen, not as an actor, but as himself.Researching facts, trivia, anecdotes, what have you about Ryan Seacrest may just surprise you. There's a lot more to him than just a great smile and a shining Hollywood presence. Stories and quotes about the radio personality are nothing but positive from his fellow Hollywood elite. As much as Seacrest has groomed and branded himself as THE Hollywood host with the most, how he did that is much more interesting. After scouring the Internet for everything we could find, we've compiled a list of the most interesting facets of Seacrest's life; the ones that aren't always talked about. So, here are 21 interesting facts about Ryan Seacrest you may not know about.
He's Worth $300 Million
Factoring in his production company investments, his reality TV work, his radio voice, his American Idol gig, and pretty much all the other millions of things he does, Ryan Seacrest's net worth is estimated to be at nearly $300 MILLION. The business mogul has made some serious cash after implementing his brand in almost every major entertainment business you can think of. Now that's some serious money.
He Originally Auditioned to Be a Judge on American Idol
Before Seacrest was crowned American Idol's soon-to-be everywhere host, he actually tried auditioning to be the show's third judge. In a behind-the-scenes clip, Seacrest revealed how he wound up transitioning from judge to host a mere three days before the show's premiere. Seacrest, who actually preferred to be a host, asked the show's producers if there was any way to land the gig. After landing Randy Jackson, the creators gave Seacrest his dream role as a co-host alongside Brian Dunkleman (BTW, whatever happened to that guy?).
He's the Reason the Kardashians Have a TV ShowPhoto: E! / via eonline.comYes, Ryan Seacrest is the brain behind the Kardashian Empire. He is responsible for all things Kardashian, whether you despise or idolize them. Inspired by VH1's The Osbournes, Seacrest sought out the Kardashian clan for a potential reality television show about an elite Los Angeles family. Seacrest was enthralled with the practice footage that was submitted by the family, and the rest is history. He went on to produce various spin-offs of just about every family member combo you can think of. And thus began the Kardashian's day in the sun.
He Hosted Kid's Game Shows Before Making It BigVideo: YouTubeBefore he reached unprecedented fame, Seacrest was just a humble children's game show host. Even before he went on to host shows like Gladiator 2000, Seacrest was working in the minor league as the host of Click, a bizarrely premature Internet-inspired game show. Highlights of Seacrest's time on the show include terrible outfits, frosted hair, and some major white-boy dancing.