"And one more time – this is so tough – we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America," Seacrest said. "For now."
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Seacrest, 41, said only, "I didn't want to say goodbye last night. Thank you for 15 amazing seasons #IdolFinale."
(Of course, he said basically the same thing as Thursday's comment when he signed off his exclusive PeopleStyle blog.)
I didn't want to say goodbye last night. Thank you for 15 amazing seasons #IdolFinale— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 8, 2016
But many immediately interpreted his final comment as a nod toward a relaunch of the reality juggernaut. Idol creator Simon Fuller had made similar comments to Billboard when he told the mag, "There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format."
For more on Idol, pick up PEOPLE's The Best of American Idol collector's edition issue, on sale now.
"And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again," he said, "maybe adding another dimension to it."
Even still, one industry insider told PEOPLE the timeline for any Idol 2.0 won't be next season: "They'll have to take some time and give at least a little space."