Rumors are making their way across the internet that Ryan Seacrest is looking for a nice, quiet and polite way out of the show that made him a household name, “American Idol”. Could you imagine the show without Ryan? Who could they ever hire to replace him? Brian Dunkleman?

A Fox network executive said in February that the show was winding down, so will Ryan jump ship? His two-year contract worth $30 million is set to expire and he is said to be making preparations in order to leave the hit talent competition. Thirteen seasons and he still feels no loyalty to the show – that’s quite the shame, isn’t it?

A source revealed, “Ryan is telling friends that this season of Idol is likely to be his last. He’s lost the passion for it, and desperately wants to do different things at this point in his career, like produce the Oscars and start developing more of his original ideas. Ryan’s reduced role in this year’s Emmy’s red carpet coverage is a clear move toward a life that involves less hosting and more producing. He wants to transition to behind the scenes more, and is getting fed up with the ‘interviewing people’ part of his job, when his heart is really in the work he does as a producer.”

The source added, “This season of Idol is going to be a real endurance test for Ryan. Idol is holding him back right now, but it’s also the most money he’s ever been paid for anything, so he has to be a politician about it.”

Do you think you would watch “American Idol” without the addition of its famous host? If so, who do you think they should get to replace him? Do you think they would cancel the show without its effervescent host? Have your say about his exit plans in the comments section below.

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