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Ryan Seacrest Talks ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Details

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the 40 years of countdowns and party favors, much has changed in how we celebrate New Year’s Eve.

In the beginning, the iconic ball that dropped in Times Square boasted 100 25-watt bulbs, a street light compared to today's ball: 22,000 LED lights embedded in Waterford Crystal.

When Dick Clark launched his first New Years Rockin’ Eve in 1972, the band Blood Sweat and Tears was the headliner. The show was created to be a hipper answer to CBS’s annual broadcast of Guy Lombardo’s live orchestra performing from the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

Clark’s show soon became an established tradition, and on Saturday night, it will be another snapshot of popular sound and fashion as 2011 turns over to 2012. Rockin’ Eve co-host Ryan Seacrest granted Nightline a sneak preview of what’s to come, and said that Clark would make an appearance again this year.

“I looked forward to seeing him every year and I was always impressed with how he could make you feel so comfortable,” Seacrest told Nightline anchor Bill Weir. “You’d watch at home and you’d feel like you were part of the party and he was just talking to you. That’s one of his amazing talents.”

Seacrest was brought onto the program after Clark, 82, suffered a stroke seven years ago that impaired his speech and changed his beloved broadcast.

Seacrest said this year’s show includes rapper PitBull, Justin Bieber, guitar master Carlos Santana and the final mega act -- Lady Gaga. Seacrest claimed they didn’t know much about what the Pop princess, known for her outrageous costumes and bizarre entrances, will do.

As for who Seacrest will kiss when the clock strikes midnight, he said his girlfriend, 22-year-old professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough.

“I won’t get to kiss her until about 12:04 or :05 because I do it during commercial break,” he said.

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Ryan Seacrest to Succeed Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- "I'm Ryan Seacrest and the Today show."  The American Idol host just may have the opportunity to use that line on the NBC morning news program, as the eventual successor to co-anchor Matt Lauer.

The Wall Street Journal reports Seacrest met with NBC executives Tuesday evening for preliminary talks regarding a role for him on Today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the meeting was part of "continued discussions" between both sides.

Seacrest would potentially succeed Lauer, who's co-anchored Today since 1997 and who earlier this year was rumored to be considering an exit from the show in late 2012.  He's denied the speculation.

In addition to his hosting duties on American Idol, Seacrest is also a host and producer for E!, which is owned by NBCUniversal. His contract reportedly expires early next year.

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Woman Suing over Alleged Abuse on Upcoming Bravo Series

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- An upcoming Bravo series that's being compared to Jersey Shore is the subject of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she was bullied during a party taped for the show. Kathy Salem is suing the cable network and producer Ryan Seacrest over Shahs of Sunset, which will star young and well-to-do Persians in Los Angeles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Salem says she signed a cover sheet of a waiver for the party, held last July, knowing that it would be taped but not realizing that "she might be blindsided and forced against her will to play a demeaning and humiliating role." She alleges that two cast members were verbally abusive to her, and that someone tried to strip off her top. She further alleges that a cast member named Reza tossed water in her face.

Salem seeks at least $100,000 in damages, plus an injunction preventing the show from airing footage of her. Shahs of Sunset is scheduled to premiere on Bravo in February.

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Nicole Richie Says She's Not Feuding with Jessica Simpson 

Jason Skerritt/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Nicole Richie says she's on friendly terms with Jessica Simpson and is not feuding with her, as an Us Weekly report claimed on Wednesday.

Speaking with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, Richie said, "I actually love and adore Jessica. I've known her for years, first of all. I already knew who she was as a person. Who she is is someone who's very kind, very sweet and extremely smart, and a great businesswoman and someone I really respect."

An Us Weekly source had alleged that Richie and Simpson were having a hard time co-existing as mentors on a new NBC reality series, Fashion Star, which debuts in midseason. The source said, among other things, that Richie doesn't think Simpson has much fashion sense

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Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough Jet Ski in Miami

WireImage(MIAMI) -- With American Idol over for the season, Ryan Seacrest found some free time to go jet skiing with girlfriend Julianne Hough in Miami on Sunday. She is on break from filming the big screen adaptation of Broadway's Rock of Ages in Florida.

A source told that Hough's "Rock of Ages costar Russell Brand had been raving about how much he loves to jet ski, so Julianne decided to get Ryan to try it with her."  The source added, "They looked really happy."

Seacrest and Hough passed on a star-studded dinner party at Gloria and Emilio Estefan's mansion Saturday night.  Party guests included Hough's costars, Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes and Brand.

The source explained, "Ryan and Julianne wanted to be alone."

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Pia Toscano's 'American Idol' Elimination; Sexism to Blame?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Some are calling it the most shocking American Idol elimination ever, while other critics say Pia Toscano's departure from American Idol reveals the underlying sexism of voters on the most popular show on television.

The announcement came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child." As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano, who was believed to be a finale shoe-in, was sent packing Thursday making her the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season.

"If you look at the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time," said Dalton Ross, editor at Entertainment Weekly. "If you look... the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time. With only two women left now, it looks like we're headed in that same direction."

Not since Jordin Sparks won four years ago has a female taken the Idol crown, and one theory is that young girls, who have bolstered the careers of pop stars ranging from the Beatles to Justin Bieber, may be casting the majority of votes ... and hormones rule.

"Why vote for a gorgeous glamorous girl who might feel like competition to them when they could vote for a wonderful gorgeous cute boy that they can have a crush on?" said psychologist Wendy Walsh.

Now only two women remain, Illinois native Haley Reinhart and Georgia native Lauren Alaina, putting the odds in favor of another male Idol.

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Ryan Seacrest Tops 'The Hollywood Reporter's' 'Reality Power List'

Jason LaVeris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Seacrest is the most powerful person on reality TV -- more powerful than his former colleague and frequent sparring partner on American Idol, Simon Cowell. Seacrest tops the 2011 edition of The Hollywood Reporter's "Reality Power List," which ranks television personalities, producers and executives according to factors such as their reputation and their impact on pop culture. Aside from his hosting duties on Idol, Seacrest is the producer of a number of reality series, most notably the Kardashian sisters' programs on the E! cable network.

Cowell, who was ranked first by The Hollywood Reporter the previous two years, fell to sixth place. No doubt his star will rise again this fall, when Fox premieres the U.S. incarnation of his singing competition The X Factor.

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April Fools! Bronx Zoo Cobra 'Hacks' Ryan Seacrest

Roger Kisby/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The hissing, deadly cobra that vanished from the Bronx Zoo last weekend may have been caught Thursday, but that's not stopping her from keeping a very high profile.

Since Monday, fans have been following the slippery snake by the thousands on Twitter at @BronxZoosCobra. The stream's mystery author -- who remains a mystery -- tweeted the imaginary escapades of the escaped female cobra as it took on Manhattan.

Now, she's "hacked" into Ryan Seacrest's Twitter feed and home page.

On Friday morning, the @BronxZoosCobra tweeted, "Even while incarcerated my reach extends beyond my 20 inches. I have hijacked Ryan Seacrest's Twitter. See for yourself @RyanSeacrest."

And, sure enough, over at the American Idol host's account, there was this message, posted almost simultaneously: "Seacrest out! @BronxZoosCobra in! I'm hijacking Ryan's Twitter & fixed his website. It didn't kick enough s."

Seacrest's homepage had been entirely overrun with snake-related content, like "Britney Spears' Python: Where Is He Now," a roundup of "Best Snake Tattoos" and breaking news that Ryan Seacrest himself had been "Captured & Returned to Pygmy Marmoset Exhibit at L.A. Zoo."

In real life, the elusive snake was found "coiled, sort of secluded in a dark corner" about 9 a.m. Thursday -- with nary a smartphone in sight -- a couple of hundred feet away from the enclosure from which she had slithered, said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

The poisonous cobra disappeared from the zoo last Saturday and immediately became New York's hottest -- and skinniest -- celebrity. The teenage cobra built up a huge following on Twitter with more than 200,000 followers while she was on the lam.

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First-Ever Nirvana Song to Be Performed Wed. Night on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Spoiler alert -- American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told Ryan Seacrest that Wednesday night's show will feature the first-ever performance of a Nirvana song on Idol.  Lythgoe said that Casey Abrams, who missed last week's results show due to illness, will perform the band's signature hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  The theme for the show Wednesday night is "Songs from the Year You Were Born," and Casey was born in 1991, the year Nirvana became superstars.

Other spoilers for Wednesday's show: Lythgoe revealed that Thia Megia will sing Colors of the Wind from the 1995 movie Pocahontas.  

And on Tuesday, Melissa Etheridge tweeted that one of her songs would also be performed, but she didn't say who would be singing what.

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John Stamos Replacing Charlie Sheen on 'Men?' Maybe Not

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite rumors that former Full House and ER star John Stamos was being courted by CBS to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, Stamos said Friday that the gig doesn’t quite seem “part of my career plan right now.”

“I’m just on a different trajectory,” Stamos told Ryan Seacrest, according to

E! Online reported last month that Stamos met with CBS president Les Moonves about a role on the popular sitcom. The plan, according to E!, was not to replace Sheen’s character, but to have Stamos play a new one.

"I'm ready to have my own show," Stamos told Seacrest. "I don't want to replace anyone, especially Charlie Sheen."

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