"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest tweeted a pic of himself having lunch with judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler -- and Jennifer Lopez, who FOX announced Wednesday is officially returning to the show for a second season!
"First lunch w/the crew for @americanidol season 11," Seacrest wrote of the snap taken during a break from filming the Savannah, GA auditions.
"American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Wednesday that judge Jennifer Lopez will indeed return for another season on the hit FOX show.
During an interview on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show, Lythgoe said, "I believe we're still waiting for the official announcements but I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of 'American Idol,' is back for the next season."
It's been rumored Lopez was looking to bump her salary to $20 million. No official confirmation from FOX as yet.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest talked with "Extra" at the launch of The Voice, an innovative program for seriously ill and injured children at Philadelphia Children's Hospital.
We chatted with Seacrest about his mission to help the kids, and his wish for Jennifer Lopez to return to "Idol." "I'm hoping she's coming back next season," he said. "We had remarkable chemistry with the group of judges. It would be my wish we get an announcement soon from Jennifer that she's coming back."
As for The Voice studio, Seacrest explained, "This is the second Voice studio we've set up. It's a radio television studio designed to broadcast in all the hospital rooms for the kids. They can come be hosts, do the interviews and meet the celebrities that come by."
After Regis Philbin announced five months ago that he will plans on retiring from "Live with Regis and Kelly," the show's execs have narrowed the search for his replacement to three possible candidates.
Radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest, 36; TV host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen, 43; and TV host, actor and Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos, 40, are all contenders, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"Extra" caught up with actress/dancer Julianne Hough at the launch of her "Got Milk?" campaign to talk about her BF Ryan Seacrest -- and the rumor that her brother Derek has left "Dancing with the Stars" for good.
When asked if she and Seacrest were getting serious, Hough laughed, "Have I got any jewelry on my hands? I don't think so. No, not on my fingers, no," adding, "I would love to get married and have kids eventually in my life. We'll see. We kinda both work really hard, but it works. We make the time."
And how about the scuttlebutt that her brother, Derek Hough, is leaving "DWTS"? Hough explained, "Just this season, I gotta make that clear. He's not leaving the show, just taking a season off. Trust me, I know how it feels, because you go back to back-to-back and you're like, 'I am so brain dead I can't even think about another step to do and choreograph.' I'm so proud of my brother."
After Regis Philbin announced that he'll be retiring after more than 25 years on "Live with Regis and Kelly," ABC aims to find a replacement "in the coming months."
In the meantime, everyone seems to have an opinion as to who they'd like to see as the next co-host. Two of Kelly's favorites are former "All My Children" co-stars Josh Duhamel and Cameron Mathison. A hopeful Ripa also shouted-out to Tom Cruise saying, "Call me."
Now that Regis Philbin has announced his retirement from "Live with Regis and Kelly," there's already buzz on who might replace him on the morning talk show.
Sources tell "Extra" ABC is interested in making a blockbuster deal to get Ryan Seacrest, since the "American Idol" host's TV contracts will be up for the first time in years.
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson stopped by The Grove to chat with "Extra's" Mario Lopez about the new "Idol" season -- including whose got the bigger wardrobe trailer, Jennifer Lopez or Ryan Seacrest. Watch the interview, dawg!