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Report: Julianne Hough, Ryan Seacrest Split Up

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Relativity Media(NEW YORK) -- American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, 38, and former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough, 24, have called it quits.

Sources close to the couple confirmed the break up to People magazine and cited their busy work schedules proved to be difficult to sustain their relationship.

Seacrest and Hough dated for more than two years.

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Mariah & Nicki Address 'Distracting' "American Idol" Feud; First Episode Airs in Theaters Wednesday

Michael Becker / FOX(NEW YORK) -- With all the reports of feuding and fighting on the set of American Idol, will viewers see something that looks more like an ultimate fighting match than a reality show when the new season of the show premieres?  We'll find out Wednesday, when the first episode of season 12 premieres in movie theaters in 11 cities nationwide, followed by a live Q&A at 8:30 p.m. ET with all the judges and Ryan Seacrest on and

"I think it was a good [decision] for us to do it like a big Hollywood premiere and get a chance to show it off," Ryan tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they do it all the time with movies.  Why can't we do it for TV?"

Meanwhile, judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj addressed their feud, speaking with reporters during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday that also included the show's executive producers.   While executive producer Nigel Lythgoe insisted that the feuds were "genuine," and not manufactured for press reasons, Mariah labeled them "a distraction."

"The fighting is what it is," Mariah told reporters.  "This is American Idol.  It's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid, you know, trumped up thing.  I think that it's about the next huge talent, superstar that will come from this show."  Calling the reports of her and Nicki's fight "convoluted," the exasperated diva said, "You know what it is?  It's a distraction from the show and it's a distraction from the contestants and I think it's, like, unfair to them."

"We're professionals," added Nicki. "Have you ever had an argument with someone you worked with?"

"This is a very passionate panel," Mariah continued.  "I think there are a lot of strong personalities and, starting this process, I felt like it was a possibility that there could be...differences of opinions.  But one thing I think is great is's such a diverse group of people."

In fact, American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane said that was exactly what they were going for when they cast the judges, because the audience demanded it.  

"One of the things they told us that was that on the judging panel, they wanted people who were experts in their own right, they had talent and they had a right to be here and they also told us that they wanted honesty," Kinane told reporters.  "We very much took that into consideration when we were talking to Mariah and Nicki and Keith [Urban] and Randy [Jackson], and I think we've got it.  You know, they're not shrinking violets.  They say what they think and we encourage that."

Meanwhile, one reporter attempted to force Nicki and Mariah to get along by asking each to say something nice about the other.  "I say nice things about Mariah all the time," retorted Nicki, "and I even tell her all the time how much of a fan I am of her.  She's one of my favorite artists of all times."

She added, "I think she's really shaped a generation of singers and to be on a panel with's kind of crazy, because, all these singers that come in, they aspire to be a Mariah Carey in terms of their talent...and so I feel excited to see them see someone who they look up to so much, and to be given a chance to sing in front of her, and hear her critique."

Mariah said Nicki's comments were "a very sweet thing to say."  As for her "nice thing" about Nicki, Mariah recalled working with the rapper early on in her career, on a remix of Mariah's song "Up Out My Face."  She told reporters, "I did feel that she was going to go very far, and still have that feeling, and am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone were to say about me."

But leave it to Nicki to get the biggest laugh.  When when reporter asked how Mariah and Nicki managed to bury the hatchet, Nicki said, "I put out my sex tape."  As the flustered reporter replied, "You did what?" and everyone cracked up, Nicki repeated, "I put out my sex tape.  I'm serious.  You didn't see it?"

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Ryan Seacrest Ready to Count Down to 2013 on "New Year's Rockin' Eve"

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday night, as the world looks to New York City's Times Square, the ball drops and we say goodbye to 2012, something will be missing: Dick Clark.  The TV icon died this past April, but his creation, ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, goes on with host Ryan Seacrest. 

Seacrest says it will definitely be a challenge for him to host the show for the first time without Clark, especially since he's never actually counted down to the New Year alone.

"I haven't really thought about what it's going to be like in that moment because I've never done it myself," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I've never done the actual countdown...It's always, you know...toss it to 'The Man' to do it." 

Seacrest says counting down to the ball drop himself for the first time will be "surreal" and "emotional," adding, "Even though we'll be celebrating, in my mind, I know that, personally, I miss my friend being here."

But that doesn't mean that this year's New Year's Rockin' Evewill be a downer.  Seacrest says, "We'll start the evening, looking back at those great moments because there were so many memorable moments looking at Dick's career." 

The festivities get under way at 8 p.m. ET with New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark, a two-hour tribute to the late TV icon who created the show over 40 years ago.  Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host.

Seacrest says of Clark, "He started this 40 years ago with just one camera and one light and one microphone, and now it's turned into a big celebration, and so we'll look back, we'll reflect, and then we'll celebrate the new year."

And what a celebration it will be.  At 10 p.m. ET, Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will kick off the official start of the New Year's party from New York, while Fergie will get things going on the West Coast.  The party will keep on going on ABC 'til just after 2 a.m. ET. 

Performing live in Times Square this year are Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and "Gangnam Style" rapper PSY.  On the West Coast, there'll be performances by Justin Bieber, Brandy, OneRepublic, Flo Rida, Karmin, Pitbull, The Wanted, Ellie Goulding and country star Jason Aldean.

As for what Clark would think of this year's show, Seacrest tells ABC News Radio, "I know he will be watching us from somewhere, making sure that we get it right.  You can be certain about that."

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Ryan Seacrest Staying with 'American Idol'

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After months of speculation, Fox and Ryan Seacrest announced Monday that he will remain the host of American Idol.

In a statement, Seacrest said, "For the last 11 seasons, I've had the privilege to be a part of one of television's most iconic shows. It's been a wild ride, and I'm excited for my journey with American Idol to continue. The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working Idol crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job."

Seacrest has been with American Idol since its debut on June 11, 2002.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, he signed a new two-year contract that will pay him $15 million per year.

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Ryan Seacrest Calls Dick Clark 'One of the Greatest Influences in My Life'

Dick Clark, Fergie and Ryan Seacrest in 2008. ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Among the millions of fans saddened by the passing of Dick Clark is one very special one: Ryan Seacrest.  Often compared to Clark, Seacrest first joined the legendary broadcaster as co-host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in December of 2005, and also became an executive producer of the show.

In a statement to ABC News Radio, Seacrest said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel."

Seacrest added, "It was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

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Ryan Seacrest and Matt Lauer: Face to Face on "Today"

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Seacrest announced on NBC's Today show Wednesday that he's joining the network's coverage of the summer Olympics. And while he was there, Seacrest also touched on rumors that he has been tapped to replace Matt Lauer when the Today anchor's contract expires next year.

Needless to say, things got interesting.

"Do you see yourself doing a job like this?" Lauer asked Seacrest.

"I don't know...I see you doing this as long as you want to," Seacrest responded, before turning the tables on Lauer.

"How long will you be on the Today show?" he asked.

Lauer said there was no tension between the two and that they recently had discussed the issue over dinner.

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Ryan Seacrest Undergoes Procedure to Repair Elbow Tear

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Seacrest overcame injury to host Thursday night's American Idol results show.

Seacrest noted late Wednesday on his Twitter feed that he had a "tiny tear" in his elbow and was set to undergo a procedure to fix the problem. He provided an update several hours before the results show aired, writing, "funny bone not so funny today." The latter tweet was accompanied by a picture of his bandaged elbow.

The aftermath of the procedure didn't seem to bother Seacrest on Idol Thursday night.

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'American Idol' Returns for 11th Season

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 11th season of American Idol arrives on Fox Wednesday night, and host Ryan Seacrest says for some viewers, the return of the singing competition show can't come soon enough.

"I've been hearing a lot of 'We can't wait,'" Seacrest tells ABC News Radio. "Actually, I've been hearing more, 'I can't wait for American Idol to come back this next season' than I've heard in two or three years."

Seacrest says he finds that interesting, because there's so much competition -- like The Voice and The X Factor -- but, he notes, "From what I hear, there's just something about the original, and the Americana, that is American Idol."

Michael Slezak,'s American Idol expert, thinks viewers are pumped for Idol because The X Factor's strategy backfired -- instead of making people forget about Idol, it only made them miss it more.

"I think anticipation is high for Season 11 because people were really let down by what The X Factor delivered," he tells ABC News Radio.

So what's different about this new season?  Well, judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are no longer new, and Seacrest says they're more seasoned.

"The first season...Steven and Jennifer, were still sort of trying to understand what it is that you're looking for initially to go through the process to be the idol," the host explains. "But now that they see what the process is, I think, they look at the auditions a little differently.  And 'tougher' wouldn't be the word, but they're much more specific in what they want this year."

As for what kinds of contestants we'll see, Seacrest says Scotty McCreery's victory last year inspired many country singers to audition this time around, but that's just another example of how the show has grown musically.

"When we started the competition, it was just pop," he said.  "It was strictly, mainstream, stereotypical pop and with each year it's broadened out a little bit and now you see all walks of life auditioning.  It makes the show interesting."

American Idol will kick off Season 11 Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Fox Says It Wants to Keep Ryan Seacrest on 'American Idol'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Fox would rather not envision an American Idol without its longtime host, Ryan Seacrest.  The Hollywood Reporter published a story last week that suggested that Seacrest could leave the show after his contract with Idol expires after this year.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said the network has every intention of retaining Seacrest.

He said, "It's very hard to imagine the show without Ryan....[I]t's a tough negotiation and one that will come to a conclusion I think pretty quickly."

Seacrest echoed those thoughts, but he also acknowledged that he's in the midst of negotiations with NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, for which he is an anchor. He also produces the Kardashian shows for the network.  Seacrest declined to comment on the rumors that he may join NBC's Today show in some capacity, and also sidestepped a question regarding whether he'd entertain the thought of one day hosting the NBC singing competition The Voice.

Speaking of The Voice, Fox couldn't resist taking a few digs at the rival music show.

Idol judge Randy Jackson said, "The winner of The Voice, as I will remind you, was an artist that had a deal with Capitol Records for many years, a failed contract over there, so it was almost like, that show, it was almost like second-chance people. It wasn't like some new artist, you know what I mean?  It's a different thing out there to me."

In addition, Fox alternative entertainment chief Mike Darnell poked fun at the fact that The Voice will employ former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as a mentor this season.

He said, "I think it's a compliment to Idol that we're creating, this show has created superstars.  And that other shows want to use those superstars on their shows.  We're not hiring a lot of people on The Voice to be on our show."

The new season of Idol begins next week.  Reilly said he expects Idol to suffer a slight drop in the ratings this year because it's been around for over a decade.

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Will Ryan Seacrest Have to Take Pay Cut to Return to 'Idol'?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- It's possible that Ryan Seacrest's stint as host of American Idol could end after the upcoming season.

His contract with Idol ends this year, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers of the Fox competition may not be willing to fork over the requisite ton of cash to keep him.

Under his current deal, Seacrest reportedly has been earning $15 million per year.  A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that producers FremantleMedia and CKx will want him to accept a pay cut during negotiations for a new contract.

The source says, "There's no way Fremantle and CKx will continue to pay Ryan that kind of money when he can be replaced for $2 million to $3 million."

The insider says the companies believe that Idol can remain successful if Seacrest leaves, much as it has since Simon Cowell departed the show in 2010.

On the other hand, Seacrest could make the negotiations difficult for CKx if it does decide it wants him back.

A source says, "It's in Ryan's best interest to make them sweat -- the company has new people running it and has to play the game."

In addition to his Idol duties, Seacrest produces various TV series and is a host on E!  He also reportedly met with NBC last month to discuss a role for him on the Today show, possibly as the eventual successor to Matt Lauer.  The Hollywood Reporter says he is set to occasionally contribute to the Today show in the 9 a.m. hour.  NBCUniversal owns both NBC and E!

Given Seacrest's involvement with NBC, the network may take an interest in his negotiations with Idol's producers.

A source tells The Hollywood Reporter, "NBC would love to get Ryan out of Idol because they have The Voice.  Ryan is using it to renegotiate his deals, and NBC is looking for leverage with Lauer."

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