The new season of American Idol is set to get underway this month and Ryan Seacrest will be returning to the job that many people would love to have. Now, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has admitted that it would be very hard to replace Ryan on the show, should he ever leave, although he did state that nobody is indispensable.
Lythgoe told TMZ, “Ryan Seacrest drives the entire program. He's not on an earpiece or anything. He's not beholden to anybody. He controls the show. He's really important. It would be very, very difficult to replace Ryan Seacrest.”
However, he then added, “I've never believed that Idol as a franchise is beholden to any individual because everybody said it would die the minute Simon Cowell left, and it hasn't.”
Ryan Seacrest will once again be hosting American Idol, as it returns for its twelfth season, although the judging panel has changed once again. American Idol season twelve, which is set to premiere on Fox tonight, will see a judging panel of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, along with the ever-present Randy Jackson.