30 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest became famous as the host of “American Idol,” but today he is so much more than just a TV host. For more than 15 years, Seacrest has been hosting nearly every red carpet that matters, making his smile and star quality his trademarks. But aside from his onscreen presence, there is a lot of information about Ryan Seacrest that people don’t know!

An entrepreneur at heart, Ryan has always had an interest in show business, from cooking to reality TV, fashion, and scripted shows. Seacrest has also always had a strong desire to be on screen. That said, there are some facts, trivia and anecdotes that will surprise many of his fans. Here are interesting facts about Ryan than you might not know about him.

  1. Ryan’s full name is Ryan John Seacrest. He was born on December 24, 1974 in an Atlanta suburb, Dunwoody, Georgia. He is the son of Constance Marie, a homemaker and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer. Ryan has mostly German and Swiss-German ancestry. Also, he has distant Irish roots. The family surname was originally spelled “Secrest.”
  2. Ryan Seacrest was a star from his early days. His first time in the spotlight was in fourth grade when he performed the singing role of King Winter in a school musical. Fun fact about this? Ryan forgot his lines! Even Ryan’s mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, Ryan would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house.”
  3. The famous co-host of “Live With Ryan and Kelly” started his career when he earned an internship at Atlanta radio station WSTR. Seacrest later got the weekend overnight shift. His professional career kicked off with a hosting gig for ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge in 1993, followed by additional kids shows, including Gladiators, Wild Animal Games and Click.
  4. Seacrest studied journalism at the University of Georgia when he left for Los Angeles, taking over the afternoon drive shift at KYSR.
  5. When he was a child, Ryan Seacrest wanted to be like CHiPs highway patrolman Frank Poncherello played by actor Erik Estrada. “I watched CHiPs and wanted so much to be on the California freeways. Now that I live here, I’m on them too much,” he told The Washington Post.
  6. on air with ryanRyan Seacrest first became the host of the Los Angeles Radio Station 98.7 FM. In 2002, he landed his big break as the host of the music competition show American Idol and its spin-offs American Juniors. What some people might not know is that Seacrest originally interviewed to be a judge on Idol, but Simon Cowell thought he would be better as the host. Two days before the show began, Seacrest won the host job and the hearts of his many fans across the world. Cowell summed Seacrest’s talents perfectly, “Ryan has the appeal of a dog that has been rescued from the pound,” he told The New York Times. “That is his secret. He’s grateful. He’s happy. Always, always. If he had a tail, he’d wag it.”
  7. He’s beautiful and it is official too! Ryan Seacrest was voted one of People magazines 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 2003.
  8. Seacrest’s heart has always belonged to radio. He was named the host of the famous radio show American Top 40 and the Los Angeles radio station 102.7 KIIS, also known as On Air with Ryan Seacrest in 2004, when he took over from another legendary radio host Rick Dees.
  9. Remember Crimson Tide, a 1995 thriller that takes place in the Russian Federation? Ryan Seacrest had a brief appearance in the movie. Seacrest was shown as the submarine is getting underway, staring at an aquarium. He actually revealed this himself when he was the host of NBC Saturday Night Movie in 2000. Because Ryan was an extra, he wasn’t credited.
  10. In 2005, Ryan Seacrest became an idol himself when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony was attended by his Fox TV colleagues and Idol judges, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell. “Listen, Simon,” Jackson said to Cowell during their ceremonial speech. “What would we say about this day?” “Ill-deserved,” Cowell joked as always. “I cannot believe that April the 20th is going to be Ryan Seacrest Day. I am officially taking this day off my diary.”
  11. The same year was very lucky for Ryan Seacrest as this was when he also launched The R Line, a clothing line for men and women specializing in his signature T-shirts. In 2014, the famous host created a clothing line that’s affordable with perpetually on-sale models called Distinction. The fashion line does not overestimate the style sensibility of its target market, so it’s sewn some helpful tags into the suits and called it “style made smart” color-matching system. The tags are printed with the numbers 1-4, according to the color and style.
  12. Ryan Seacrest’s greatest source of inspiration is Dick Clark. In 2005, he realized his lifelong dream, when he started working with Clark on his annual New Year’s Eve special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. After iconic TV personality passed away, Ryan opened the following American Idol episode with a moving tribute to the star. After his death, he talked to people across the US about how much Clark meant to him as a mentor and role model.
  13. Ryan briefly dated famous actress Teri Hatcher in 2006 and a few years before that, he dated Bar Candy owner Erica Lancellotti for a year. Between 2008 and 2009, Ryan and LA bartender Jasmine Waltz were rumored to be dating after taking a trip to Paris together. The famous producer also dated Julianne Hough from 2010 until 2013. After splitting up with Hough, Seacrest rebounded with model Dominique Piek.
  14. Seacrest was bitten by a small shark on July 28, 2008. As he told his KISS-FM listeners, he was on vacation in Mexico when he felt something swim by him. That was when the shark bit him, but he had no idea what happened until he got out of the water! Then he found real shark tooth lodged in him like a splinter. Fortunately, this shark attack was far from being deadly, but it was still a great shock for Ryan and a fact that many of his fans didn’t know about him!
  15. Unlike the shark episode, everyone knows that Ryan Seacrest is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. Aside from his accomplishments in the television and entertainment industry, the famous host has pursued a number of business ventures outside his comfort zone. Ryan co-owns a successful sushi restaurant in Los Angeles called Katana. The restaurant serves “rustic Japanese fare” and sushi in a “sci-fi-inspired decor.” According to Newsweek, the visitors to Katana wear “disaffected black and sit among the beautiful people outside on a veranda overlooking the bustle of Sunset Strip.”
  16. He has a production company. Ryan Seacrest Productions has helped Kim Kardashian and her family to become internationally famous with their show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and spin-offs such as “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” and “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.” Recently, Netflix premiered “Insatiable,” brand new series starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano. The revenge comedy is one of the latest wins for Ryan Seacrest Productions. Ryan Seacrest Productions also produced NBC’s Jennifer Lopez drama “Shades of Blue” before picking up the dramedy.
  17. In 2010, Seacrest launched nonprofit organization along with his family. Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is built on the idea that kids need to be entertained while they’re staying at the hospital. They need to be themselves and be happy again, especially because they are going through a tough time. The Foundation’s first initiative was to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios. The studios were built within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the exciting worlds of radio, television and new media. The goal of Ryan Seacrest Foundation is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay at the hospital. Seacrest Studios have drawn many high-profile visiting artists, including Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Usher and many others.
  18. Seacrest worked with the world-famous chef Jamie Oliver and helped him produce Food Revolution, a TV series that followed Oliver through American cities where he helped the residents start leading a healthier life. Seacrest eventually won an Emmy Award for his role in the show.
  19. He is 5’8’’ tall and he frequently jokes about his height publicly.
  20. In 2012, Seacrest started a brand new venture with Mark Cuban. The project called Ryan Seacrest Media was started with Cuban, Creative Artists Agency and AEG.
  21. Ryan Seacrest once sold a house that he bought from Kevin Costner, who bought it from Richard Dreyfuss and then purchased a home that was sold to him by Ellen DeGeneres. Seacrest lived there with his girlfriend Julianne Hough until they broke up in late 2013. Hough lives in this house now.
  22. Many people don’t know this, but Ryan Seacrest used to struggle with weight as a child. “I can’t remember how or why it came up, but it was a reality when I was growing up – I remember it vividly. Like going swimming and not taking off my shirt before jumping in the pool because I was a chubby kid, or going to shop for the first day of school and being in the husky jeans section at Marshall’s,” Ryan said. He admits that he never wants to feel that way again, and that is his biggest motivation. “As a kid, I would go home – my mom didn’t always know I was doing this – and I’d sneak in and make a plate of nachos on a cookie sheet. I’d lay the cheese on top with some jalapenos and crank the oven up to broil, just to get the cheese brown,” Seacrest said, “I did that on a regular basis. I definitely think that remembering how I felt back then drives me to stay fit as an adult.”
  23. As of 2018, Ryan Seacrest’s net worth is approximately $410 million dollars, which makes him one of the richest and most successful TV hosts in the world.
  24. He owns a startup keyboard company called Typo. It seemed as an odd venture for Seacrest, but he never let anyone stop him from trying out something new!
  25.  Before he made it big, Ryan Seacrest also acted in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, where he played a fake game show host for an episode of the cult teenage drama. Only two years later he hosted a reality game show!
  26. He is one of the busiest people in the world. For a long time, Seacrest has been considered one of the hardest working men in the show business. When asked by GQ how many jobs he had, Seacrest responded: “I’ve got three radio shows, American Idol, red carpets for E!, the production company, hosting New Year’s Eve, the clothing line, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, so nine… close to ten.” That’s probably the definition of being busy!
  27. Miley Cyrus was his New Year’s kiss on one occasion! In 2014, Ryan Seacrest joined Miley onstage as the ball dropped on a New Year’s Eve when they shared a midnight kiss to celebrate the end to the annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Many people were shocked by the kiss, especially because they considered Cyrus to be a wild child and Seacrest, on the other hand, has always had a good-guy image.
  28. He was never married. Famous for his relationships with beautiful women, Seacrest is now spending his free time with his girlfriend Shayna Taylor. Ryan and Shayna have been dating for a few years now. They broke up at one point but they are now happier than ever before. The couple has even bought an apartment together in New York City after Ryan was hired to co-host the Live show with Kelly Ripa. Seacrest also often mentions Shayna in the morning show and talks about their life together, especially their food adventures (Taylor is also a celebrity chef and she often shares healthy recipes on her Instagram). When asked why he never got married, Seacrest replied, “Yeah, I did get close and I didn’t do it and it was the right move,” said Seacrest and added, “But I love the idea — and I know you’re going to ask me — of marriage because my parents have been married for 47 years, and so I have this thing — and you’ve been married 21.”
  29.  Ryan Seacrest has figured out the perfect reply to any email, and it has only two words. “If you want to be the most successful you, people like to hear yes. They like to hear three words, one is ‘yes,’ and the other is ‘got it.’ You can tell someone ‘got it!’ and usually life is OK. That’s my favorite reply to any email, ‘Got it.'”
  30.  He supports millennials. Although many people think they are impossible to understand, Seacrest is a big fan of millennials. On one occasion, Seacrest said that millennials are just tired of being stereotyped, and often break those stereotypes in their preferences and behaviors, adding that, “Marketers should be willing to dive deeper and create content and experiences that engage the millennial audience.”