Adam B. Vary
December 31, 2009 AT 07:40 PM EST

While appearing on Good Morning America on Dec. 30 to promote New Years Rockin’ Eve, Ryan Seacrest was asked by a reporter about the rumors that judge Simon Cowell will leave American Idol after this season. “As far as I know, those are just rumors,” Seacreast answered. “He has not told me anything about leaving the show.” The Idol host did acknowledge Cowell hopes to bring his successful Idol-like U.K. series The X Factor to the U.S., but then he went on to plug the upcoming Idol season premiere on Jan. 12 with Cowell and new judge Ellen DeGeneres. “As of right now,” Seacrest concluded, “[Simon] is on American Idol.”

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