Ellen Degeneres won’t host next Wednesday’s special two-hour fundraising/self-congratulating telethon Idol Gives Back. Instead, Ryan Seacrest will host the entire show, which will be partially taped this Sunday.
“Ellen, we were told, couldn’t do it due to personal production pressure and it’s going to be taken over by Ryan,” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told reporters today, according to Zap2it. The talk show host “is backing out of the charity event due to an unforeseen production schedule that conflicts with her show,” Access Hollywood reported earlier.
Also of note: The show won’t entirely be live, as parts will tape on Sunday. Lythoe told reporters, “we’re doing part of the show on the Sunday at the Kodak Theatre and then obviously live in the studio.”