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Ryan Seacrest: Farewell, Idol!

Ryan Seacrest: Farewell, Idol!

Originally posted 04/07/2016 10:40AM

The man who introduced America to a generation of stars (and became one himself) says goodbye to a TV touchstone

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Baby on the Way for Idol's Scott MacIntyre: My Kidney Donor 'Allowed Us to Create a New Life'

Baby on the Way for Idol's Scott MacIntyre: My Kidney Donor 'Allowed Us to Create a New Life'

Originally posted 04/07/2016 03:00PM

The blind singer was unable to father a child before receiving a kidney transplant last June

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Inside Ryan Seacrest's Emotional Final Days on American Idol: 'It's Starting to Sink in,' Host Tells PEOPLE

Originally posted 04/07/2016 12:20PM

Ryan Seacrest takes one of his final walks to his trailer less than 24 hours before he bids farewell to the Los Angeles studio American Idol has called home for 15 seasons.

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The American Idol Finale: PEOPLE Picks the Fifteenth (and Final) Winner

Originally posted 04/06/2016 09:30PM



PEOPLE staff writer (and resident American Idol expert) Patrick Gomez predicts who will become the fifteenth – and final – Idol:

After fifteen seasons of searching for superstars, American Idol is set to end Thursday with the crowning of one final winner.

"Whoever wins will be the bookend to a legacy that started with Kelly Clarkson," explains host Ryan Seacrest, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE.

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WATCH: American Idol's Scott MacIntyre Shares His Emotional Kidney Transplant Journey

Originally posted 04/06/2016 10:00AM

Last summer, Scott MacIntyre was saved by the kindness of a stranger.

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How American Idol Changed Ryan Seacrest's Life: 'I Was Living in a One-Bedroom Apartment and Splitting the Rent with Another Dude'

Originally posted 04/06/2016 09:40AM

A lot has changed for Ryan Seacrest since he first became host of American Idol in 2002.

"I can't even begin to compare my life then and now," the reality TV host says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "I mean, when this all started, I was living in a one-bedroom apartment and splitting the rent with another dude."

In fact, Seacrest hadn't even hosted any sort of live program before Idol.

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