Seacrest is spotted kissing Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher. But, Hatcher tells Oprah, "I haven't seen [Seacrest] since that day. We knew that [the pictures] had been taken, which must have bothered him enough that an hour after they were taken he called and said, 'I don't think I can do this with you.'" Seacrest later says, "I don't think it was a Teri Hatcher issue. It's a Ryan Seacrest issue."
The Tonight Show's Jay Leno playfully asks Seacrest whether Paula Abdul drinks alcohol during American Idol, and he replies: "I don't look in their cups to see what's sitting before them on that table. But at times I feel like we have reeled her in." Ten days later, Abdul tells Leno that Seacrest was "plenty mad" about his photo being minimized on a recent Rolling Stone cover (right). When Leno asks Abdul whether Seacrest and Teri Hatcher are still dating, Abdul tells him: "[Seacrest] only kisses the mirror. And honestly, do you think Teri Hatcher is that desperate of a housewife?" The feud eventually blows over.
Seacrest hosts the Primetime Emmys, and manages to conduct preliminary red-carpet interviews as well. Ratings drop 17 percent from the previous year – the telecast's lowest numbers since 1990. Undaunted, Seacrest spoofs himself in a cameo for Knocked Up with Katherine Heigl – for which he receives a Teen Choice Award for Movie Hissy Fit.
With the seventh season of American Idol heating up, Seacrest lands a spot on Details' "Maverick" list of the 22 big thinkers shaping the world. The 33-year-old American Idol-E! News-On Air KIIS-FM host also lands the cover! In the magazine, he calls himself a "content provider," while the publication dubs him, "the new King of All Media."
With Project Runway's Heidi Klum, Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Deal or No Deal's Howie Mandel and Survivor's Jeff Probst, Seacrest earns an Emmy nomination in the first-time ever category of Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. On September 20, Seacrest and his fellow nominees host the 60th Primetime Emmy awards, at which Probst wins the Emmy.
Seacrest, 35, and former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough, 21, are spotted getting cozy all over Los Angeles, from taking a romantic stroll on the beach in Malibu to sharing an intimate meal at L.A. hotspot Red O. "Things have gotten more serious over the last month," a source tells PEOPLE of the couple. "They're perfect for each other."
Seacrest dishes on the revamped 10th season of American Idol with judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in Entertainment Weekly. "We learned a lot from him. We all grew a lot together," he says of moving on without judge Simon Cowell. "But it's got a new flavor and a new tone to it, an evolution this year that's refreshing and exciting."
While covering the Academy Awards red carpet for E!, Seacrest interviews Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator alter ego, who "accidentally" spills an urn of fake ashes on the TV host. "I was surprised, but not surprised," Seacrest says of the incident on his radio show. "I definitely did not know he was going to do that."
After two years together, Seacrest and Hough call it quits, with sources telling PEOPLE the couple's demanding schedules played a factor in the breakup. Though the American Idol host remains mum, sources also confirm the pair remains good friends and in regular contact.
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