It’s no secret that Ryan Seacrest has been one of Hollywood’s busiest stars for more than two decades. Even though the years are quickly passing by, the American Idol legend’s transformation is an indication that his handsome good looks and enviable talents continue to get better with age.
Ryan first got his start in show business in the early ’90s after graduating from the University of Georgia, where he studied journalism. For a few years, he worked at a local radio station before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-’90s. It was there that he started his first afternoon radio show, “Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home,” which ran until 2004.
While juggling his gig, Ryan accepted his first major position as the cohost of the Fox reality television series American Idol alongside comedian Brian Dunkleman in 2002. The following year, he skyrocketed to superstardom when American Idol named him as the solo host. Also in 2003, the Emmy winner started another radio show based in L.A. titled “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”
The iconic broadcaster’s career has only continued to flourish since. Not only did he land the coveted spot alongside late host Dick Clark during his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, which he’s hosted since 2004, but Ryan has also become the go-to guy for interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at major awards shows.
It doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day, but Ryan somehow accomplishes his handful of tasks. In addition to his duties as a radio DJ and TV star, he’s also a producer, having worked on several shows, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Ryan’s resume doesn’t end there, though. The beloved public figure previously cohosted Live With Kelly & Ryan. He was named the permanent cohost alongside Kelly Ripa in 2017. The Georgia native left the program to pursue other opportunities in April 2023.
In June 2023, it was announced that Ryan would be taking over the hosting duties from Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune in season 42. He will appear alongside cohost Vanna White in his debut episode in September 2024.
“I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak. I can say, along with the rest of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them,” Ryan wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease. I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see the star’s transformation from his early American Idol days to now.