Defend This: Ryan Seacrest


Why is Ryan Seacrest famous? No, really. Why is this short man with the funny haircut and the cheesy smile hosting the most-watched TV show in America, doing red carpet coverage at Hollywood's biggest events and generally making his presence inescapable?

This is a dude who looks tiny compared to most of the female "Idol" contestants, who flashed his underwear at the Academy Awards, whose idea of a signature catchphrase is "Seacrest out." He's so forced, so hyper, so everywhere. Yet lots of people obviously find him charming, because he's the face of "Idol" and E! News and could well be the next Dick Clark. Frankly, I'm tempted to agree with Esquire's conclusion that he must be the devil incarnate.

Why didn't Seacrest go the way of Dunkleman after the first season of "Idol"? Why must we still care about his sexuality, his fashion choices, his awkward moments with Simon Cowell? Tell me, Seacrest fans, what exactly is the appeal?

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