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Olympic Audiences Sour On Ryan Seacrest

July 30, 2012 02:00 PM by Gina Hall

In Hollywood it’s great to be a hyphenate — writer-director, actor-producer, reality show star/sex tape star. But there’s a current crossover crisis in Olympics coverage. There’s been a huge outcry among sports fans regarding Ryan Seacrest doing Olympics interviews. Why such the disdain for the “American Idol” star and should he have stuck with song and dance competitions or does he have the chops to cover actual news?

It seems among the many blunders NBC has committed during this Olympics, hiring “American Idol’sRyan Seacrest to report to American audiences might be one of the most egregious. If you follow #NBCfail on Twitter, you can see the vitriol flying in Secrest’s direction.

Saturday’s coverage was interrupted for a special report with Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps’s family that concluded with the lightweight host observing ”It’s fun to see them in their real lives, because they’ve got real lives.” It doesn’t get more profound for Ryan Seacrest. Really, it doesn’t.

But, apparently, NBC opted to air this hard-hitting Seacrest interview over what was happening live, a dance tribute to the victims of the 2005 London terrorist attacks. The number, created by British choreographer Akram Khan, was cut out of the American broadcast, but is now available on YouTube.

“I was really shocked and horrified and would like to know on what grounds the American media can make that decision,” Khan said.

Of course it wasn’t Seacrest’s decision on when to air the interview, but just the site of him during controversial Olympics coverage has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Will he bring this ill-will with him back to Idol?

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2 Responses to “Olympic Audiences Sour On Ryan Seacrest”

  1. Billy Rob Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Tweets From An Anonymous NBC Announcer At The 2012:
    “Why the hell did I waste my time getting a Journalism degree from an Ivy League school? Instead, I should have spent my time learning about the best hair care products. #Seacrest
    More at: http://wp.me/p1VsTV-2kv

  2. dvm Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Give me a break, the Olympic coverage stunk in general and it wasn’t Ryan Seacrest fault, for sure. They actually should have replaced Costas with Ryan for the evening coverage. I do hope that NBC does some research on what sports should be covered before the next one is telecast. To be honest, NBC has always been my channel, Today show, local news, etc. but I am getting tired of Matt Lauer & Al in the morning. They are becoming a little bit to big for their britches.

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