Ryan Seacrest Joins Today As Correspondent

As if he’s not already busy enough, Ryan Seacrest has joined forces with NBCUniversal in a multi-platform agreement that will feature him working in several capacities, including as a correspondent for the “Today” show and at the Olympics.

The deal with Ryan, who is a producer and the host of “American Idol,” extends his current on-air presence with E! Entertainment into having a presence on NBC.

Steve Burke, chief executive of NBCUniversal, said the company looks foward to the correspondent’s “continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the ‘Today’ show and at the Olympics.”

“I am humbled to have the confidence of [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke, Ted Harbert, Bonnie Hammer and many others within the NBCUniversal family, to strategically extend my relationship to encompass NBC programming,” Seacrest said, adding that he’s “eager and excited to take on this broader new role.”

Speculation had swirled for some time that he would be joining the “Today” crew, with chatter that he might succeed “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.

Lauer scoffed at the very notion during an event for the show’s 60th anniversary in January.

The pair joked about the possible succession during Seacrest’s appearance on “Today” in April.

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