Star magazine reports that Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated talk show ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ has been cancelled due to poor ratings. A source said, “His show is not a hit.” He really thought the show would eventually take off – he felt that at any minute, he was going to fly.” Since hearing the bad news earlier this month, he’s been taking out his frustrations at his other job, ‘American Idol’, though understanding pals are letting him vent. No word what date ‘On Air’ will get a final “Seacrest… Out!”
Controversy Surrounding ‘American Idol’
May 20, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Oh, controversy still surrounding ‘American Idol’. Critics and viewers are complaining that the most talented people are being overlooked, while less talented people go on to be stars. Welcome to show business, huh? [Laughter] Could there be any more proof? [Cheers and applause] I think I proved that equation just standing here, yeah.”
22.1 Million Watch Jasmine Trias Get Booted From ‘Idol’
May 20, 2004 – The New York Daily News reports ‘American Idol’ came up a winner again for Fox, drawing 22.1 million viewers to its Wednesday episode that set the final contest between Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo. That easily topped the 12.1 million viewers recorded by ‘The Bachelor’ on ABC.
Name Change For ‘American Idol’
May 19, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “And a big controversy at the ‘American Idol’ show. Fans say they’ve lost faith in the voting system. Apparently, not all the votes are being counted. That’s what they said. In fact, now they’re thinking of calling it ‘Florida Idol’.”