It’s official. Ryan Seacrest has another job.
On Friday, ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced the American Idol host will be joining Clark’s long-time New Year’s Eve special as a permanent co-host with Clark, and executive producer through 2010.
The show’s new name, appropriately called Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, reflects the radio deejay’s success in co-hosting "one of America’s most time-honored traditions," Orly Adelson, executive producer and president of Dick Clark Productions, said in a statement.
Seacrest joined the program in December 2005, temporarily replacing Dick Clark who suffered a stroke earlier that month. Clark still appeared on the ‘o5 broadcast but his speech had been affected.
Today’s announcement is a long time coming for Seacrest, who signed a deal back in 2005 that would eventually make him the program’s host. Last year’s broadcast was the top-rated New Year’s Eve show, drawing 29-million viewers by midnight.