In 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
Since Clark was recuperating from a major stroke and was dealing with speech and mobility issues, he was more or less the main host for the show.
He studied radio broadcasting in Atlanta in the WSTR (FM) after winning an internship.
In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge.
In 2001, he served as the host of a television reality program, Ultimate Revenge, wherein he played practical jokes on family and friends, which were prompted by their own relatives and friends.
The show was aired on TNN for two years until 2003.
In 2009, he signed a whopping deal of $45 million with CKX for American Idol, thus becoming the highest paid reality television host.