American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has come a long way in his career. Debuting on-air while still a high school student, Ryan has indeed proved his worth in the entertainment industry. Aside from Fox’s American Idol for which he is mostly known, Seacrest has worked as the host of several popular shows including Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, NBC’s Today Show, and E! News.
Over the years, Seacrest’s personal life and romantic experiences have been almost as eventful as his career. This is how Ryan Seacrest built his media career and what his relationship history looks like
How Ryan Seacrest Began His Career
The Atlanta native born on the 24th of December 1974 clearly defined his path right from childhood. He would have mock shows around the house, wielding a small mic while drawing his inspiration from entertainers like Rick Dees and Casey Kasem.
Ryan Seacrest continued to portray his flare for the media until his teenage years. As a 16-year-old student of Dunwoody High School, he landed an internship position with Star 94.1, an Atlanta-based radio station. There, Tom Sullivan took Ryan through vital radio lessons which helped to establish him in the field. He soon began going on air, working during the station’s weekend overnight shift.
Ryan held the position until 1992 when he completed his high school education. He moved on to study Journalism at the University of Georgia. However, he left after his freshman year to pursue a broadcasting career.
His Big Break and Rise to Stardom
In 1993, Ryan Seacrest was employed by ESPN to host the first season of their TV show, Radical Outdoor Challenge. The next four years saw him host three kids’ shows on different channels; he was the host of Gladiators 2000 (1994-1996), Wild Animal Games (1995), and Click (1997). He subsequently landed several other hosting jobs including NBC Saturday Night Movie (2000) and Ultimate Revenge (2001).
Ryan Seacrest’s big break came in 2002 after he landed a co-hosting spot on Fox’s reality competition show, American Idol. He rose to become the sole host the next year and with the show’s popularity, Seacrest became a global star. He remained the show’s host until its end in 2016.
In radio, Seacrest began hosting the syndicated weekly countdown show, American Top 40 in January 2004. In February of the same year, he started the morning show titled On Air With Ryan Seacrest with the Los Angeles-based radio station, KIIS-FM.
Other Jobs He Has Held As a Media Personality
While retaining his American Idol contract, Ryan Seacrest joined ABC in 2005. He began co-hosting the network’s long-running annual new year eve TV special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He became the host of the show following Dick Clarke’s death in 2012.
It was in 2006 that Seacrest began hosting shows and programs for E!, including the network’s popular entertainment newscast, E! News. He also worked as the program’s managing editor as well as the producer of E!’s red carpet events coverage. In April 2012, a few months before leaving E! network, Ryan Seacrest got a new job with NBCUniversal. He played a variety of roles, working as a host, correspondent, and entertainment programmer.
In 2017, Seacrest expanded his horizon by landing another co-hosting job on WABC-TV’s syndicated talk show, Live with Kelly and Ryan. Assuming duties on the 1st of May 2017, Ryan’s presence helped to garner more than 3 million viewers by December of the same year.
Ryan Seacrest’s Media Company and Awards
In addition to the jobs he held, Ryan Seacrest ventured into some entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2006, he created his media company named Ryan Seacrest Productions. Among other works, the company produces the famous reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its various spin-offs: Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, and Kourtney and Kim Take New York. The company also produces scripted projects for ABC Studios.
For his significant contributions to the entertainment industry, Seacrest has received several prestigious recognition. In 2005, he received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Radio. In 2016, the University of Georgia awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. Two years later (in 2018), the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation inducted him into their 16th Annual Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts.
Is Ryan Seacrest Gay?
Ryan Seacrest’s sexuality has often been questioned by fans, perhaps, this is as a result of how he takes so much care of his looks or his banter with Simon Cowell, an American Idol judge. Cowell would always refer to Ryan Seacrest as “Sweetheart.” suggesting that he “should know” whether a contestant’s high heels were fashionable, he even told Seacrest to “come out.”
Since the start of his profession, rumors have been flying around that Seacrest is gay but it’s simply not true. Seacrest is straight and he has a number of girlfriends to prove it. Meet them
A Timeline of Ryan Seacrest’s Relationships
Many would expect a man with such tremendous success as Ryan Seacrest to be a family man. That’s not the case. Nevertheless, he has dated several women since he became famous. Below is a list of all the women he has been with.
Erica Lancellotti (2002 – 2003)
As earlier mentioned, Ryan Seacrest came to widespread media attention in 2002 after becoming a co-host of American Idol. During this time, Ryan took to his side a Bar Candy entrepreneur called Erica Lancellotti. The two dated for about a year during which Erica made a few public appearances, including an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show.
Shana Wall (2003 – 2005)
After parting ways with Lancelloti, Seacrest found a new lover, an American television actress cum model called Shana Wall. Shana is popular for taking part in the 2001 CBS reality competition series, The Amazing Race. Seacrest and Wall dated for about two years before going their separate ways.
Julianne Hough (2010 – 2013)
April 2010 saw Ryan Seacrest begin his relationship with Julianne Hough. They were pretty serious and it was thought that they would become life partners. This didn’t happen as news broke in March 2013 that they have parted ways.
Some sources blamed their busy schedules as the reason for the split. Although none of them confirmed this, it was apparent that they separated amicably. When Hough married Brooks Laich in 2017, Ryan sent a congratulatory message to the couple.
Dominique Piek and Other Women He Briefly Dated
Following his breakup with Hough, Ryan Seacrest briefly found solace in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model called Dominique Piek. The pair dated for just about five months before things packed up.
In 2006, Ryan briefly dated American singer Sheryl Crow. That same year, he had a fling with Desperate Housewives star, Teri Hatcher. The duo only had a few dates before Ryan called it off. He briefly dated another singer named Sophie Monk in 2008. After splitting from Monk, Seacrest had his time with Playboy Playmate, Sara Jean Underwood.
That’s not all, two months in 2009 saw Ryan date a bartender named Jasmine Waltz.
Shayna Taylor (2013 – 2014)
After Dominique Piek came Shayna Terese Taylor; a chef, wellness coach, and former model. Not long after meeting through some mutual friends in Los Angeles, Ryan Seacrest made his first public appearance with Shayna in November 2013 during a vacation in Uruguay.
Ryan and Shayna initially kept their relationship away from the media but that would not last as they soon began vacationing together and getting cozy publicly. Be that as it may, what became of Seacrest’s previous relationships befell his romance with Taylor. The duo broke up before 2014 elapsed.
Renee Hall (2015 – 2016)
He reportedly met the model at his 40th birthday bash in Napa Valley, California, but the duo was first spotted together in March 2015 when Ryan took Renee to see an art gallery in New York City.
One peculiar thing about Renee among all the women Ryan had dated was the fact that she is a single mother. She has a cute son called Levi with her ex-husband Zachary. Hardly can anyone tell what happened to this relationship. As of 2016, they were obviously no longer together.
Who Is Ryan Seacrest Dating Now?
Ryan Seacrest and Shana Taylor reignited their love sometime in 2016. The pair made public appearances and Shana even had to move to New York in 2017 to be with Ryan. 2019 came and it emerged that they had parted again, only to reconcile in September of the same year.
On 2020’s Valentine’s Day, Shana posted a romantic photo of herself and Ryan, with a caption that suggests they intend to take their relationship to a lifetime level. However, that wasn’t meant to be as they broke up again
Sometime around June 2021, rumors started making rounds that Ryan was dating an influencer named Aubrey Paige Petcosky. Paige is an influencer with about 50,000 followers on Instagram, but like many other exclusive influencers, her account is private. So far, Ryan has not confirmed whether he is currently in a relationship or not