Ryan Seacrest will host E! News and replace Kathy Griffin on the red carpet

Hours after we learned that Kathy Griffin had been fired from her job at E!, we learned who her replacement will probably be: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

But Ryan has not been hired by E! just to work his ass-kissing magic on the red carpet. Instead, he’s likely to be hired to develop shows and host E! News daily. Thus, in addition to his hosting duties and his daily radio show, he’d be hosting a daily news program. That should start right in the middle of the fifth season of Idol.

For his efforts, he’ll be paid in the millions. According to Variety, E! and Ryan’s people are working on “a three-year deal in the high seven figures that calls for the ‘American Idol’ host to become lead anchor of daily news flagship ‘E! News’ and to develop original series for the network via his Ryan Seacrest Prods. banner.”

E! to toast host with big payday [Variety]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.