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Kidding Around

Ryan Seacrest will host ''American Juniors.'' Alas, no trading gay innuendo with Simon this time

''American Juniors,'' the prepubescent version of ''American Idol,'' premieres Tuesday, so it's good that producers finally picked a host. They didn't have to look far: It's ''Idol'' host Ryan Seacrest. Of course, he won't be trading gay innuendo with Simon Cowell this time; the judges haven't been named, but Cowell is not expected to be one of them. (Give the kids a break -- they're all under the age of 13.)

Fox Broadcasting president Gail Berman praised Seacrest as the ''face of 'American Idol,''' saying in a statement, ''Ryan Seacrest has proven time and again that he is one of the premier hosts in variety television.'' Also one of the busiest; he has an afternoon radio show every weekday, and he's currently developing a daytime TV talk show that will debut in January. Plus, there'll be a second season of ''Juniors'' this fall, before the grown-up ''Idol'' resumes in January.

Originally posted Jun 02, 2003