Ryan Seacrest has had a long and varied career since his start as a radio DJ in Atlanta. He’s gone on to wear many hats, including that of producer, host, writer, and actor.
His earliest hosting jobs — way before he shot to fame with “American Idol” — began in the early 1990s when he hosted game shows for children. “Gladiators 2000,” an “American Gladiators” spinoff, lasted from 1994 to 1996. The other shows he hosted, “Wild Animal Games” and “Click,” each lasted a season. Around this time, he also began working as a producer for “E! News Live.”
Ryan Seacrest continued working as a host into the early 2000s. He guest-hosted “Talk Soup” and presented at both the Grammy Awards and the Radio Music Awards. During this period, he also returned to his radio DJ roots. He took over “American Top 40” and began his still-running show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”
His big break came on “American Idol.” The show premiered on Fox in 2002 with Seacrest hosting. It became an immediate hit and ran for 15 seasons. In 2018, ABC revived the show with Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie as the new judges. Ryan Seacrest returned to his hosting duties. He has continued hosting red carpet events as well as being the co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
According to Forbes, in addition to his on-air jobs, he still works behind the scenes as a producer for E! He’s most notably responsible for the various Kardashian television shows.
Ryan Seacrest recently branched into retail. He partnered with Macy’s for Distinction (ryanseacrestdistinction.com), his clothing collection. The offerings consist of suits and other evening wear as well as accessories for men. In 2017, he began producing a skincare line targeted toward men. This line, called Polished, was developed with Harold Lancer, a dermatologist.
Aside from his business empire, Seacrest devotes himself to various philanthropic organizations. Since 2010, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation has created “Seacrest Studios” in various children’s hospitals. These studios provide educational materials as well as entertainment for sick kids and their families.