Ryan Seacrest plans to be the next Merv Griffin, Dick Clark; is definitely not gay.

Ryan Seacrest plans to be the next Merv Griffin, Dick Clark; is definitely not gay.
Ryan Seacrest, age 29, has a “plan to empire-build his way into becoming this generation’s version of Merv Griffin, [Casey] Kasem, and Dick Clark,” according to a profile of him in Entertainment Weekly. Besides American Idol 3, he has a new talk show debuting soon, plus he’s taking over American Top 40 from Casey “Here’s your request…and dedication” Kasem. Apparently his plan to supplant those three icons of media is working, as Dick Clark “sees Ryan as competition,” according to Dick’s spokesperson. In the profile, Ryan also reminds us yet again that he is definitely not gay. He says, “I guess I’ve come to expect that most people will make a judgment based solely on my image and interests. I hear it all the time when I tell people I’m not gay: ‘No way, you’re gonna come out when you’re 30!’ Well, then, it’ll be a big birthday.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.