Ryan Seacrest says he’s “embarrassed” by Idol’s first season

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest says that he doesn’t like to watch the syndicated repeats of the first season, American Idol Rewind.

“I’m embarrassed to see the video. I’ve flipped by it on a Saturday night and I get such a laugh out of how the show has changed,” he told the New York Post. He doesn’t mention it, but one obvious way the show has changed is that his co-host, Brian Dunkleman, left the show (he says he quit because of its cruelty.)

Seacrest says, “We didn’t know what we were doing when we started and I think that may have been the beauty of it. I look back at it and I have a laugh and really enjoy the way we looked, the things that we said — my hair and my clothes are embarrassing at times, I can’t believe I went out of the house that way.”

Now, though, he says he and the judges “have all really developed our roles on the show. Everybody knows what their role is, everybody does their job. We don’t have to over-think anything, as a matter of fact we don’t think about anything. We show up, we go live, we do our jobs, have a laugh and then go to dinner.”

No ‘Idols’ Before Me [New York Post]

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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.