Ryan Seacrest Gushes (Discreetly) About Julianne Hough

09/14/2010 at 01:20 PM EDT

Ryan Seacrest Gushes (Discreetly) About Julianne Hough
Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough
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He may have been tight-lipped on the subject for a long time, but Ryan Seacrest has finally opened up about his relationship with Julianne Hough – sort of.

While chatting with Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday morning on his 102.7 KIIS-FM radio show, the American Idol host, 35, gushed about his girlfriend – without even once mentioning her name.

"I like her so much more every single day. I don't know how it works like that," DeGeneres said about her companion and wife of two years, Portia de Rossi. "Every single day I like her more and more."

"I love that feeling, and I know what the feeling might be like," Seacrest responded, though quickly ending the discussion by telling the former American Idol judge that they would "talk about that when we have dinner."

While Seacrest didn't want to dish on air about Hough, 22, DeGeneres couldn't be happier for the pair.

"I'm excited for you," said DeGeneres.

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