Has Ryan Seacrest replaced James Brown as the hardest working man in show business? He already has three high-profile regular gigs – emceeing ”American Idol” twice a week, hosting his new syndicated TV show ”On Air With Ryan Seacrest” five afternoons a week, and counting down the hits once a week on ”American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” once a week. Now, E! Online reports, he may be about to take on a fourth job: hosting the Los Angeles morning drive-time show that belonged to KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees for 22 years.
Tuesday was apparently the last day on the air for Dees, who told listeners: ”It has been decided I will no longer be doing the daily morning radio show on KIIS-FM.” Last week, Variety reported that the station and Dees had been unable to come to terms on a renegotiation of his contract. Dees (who, like Seacrest, parlayed a radio career into various TV gigs, including ”Solid Gold” in the mid ’80s and a late-night ABC show in the early ’90s) will continue to host ”Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40,” which is also syndicated by Clear Channel.
An announcement from the Seacrest camp was expected Wednesday. If Seacrest does take over the morning job, Dees will be the second Radio Hall of Fame member he’s supplanted in two months, having taken over the ”American Top 40” gig from longtime host Casey Kasem.