There he is! Ryan Seacrest’s former American Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman — the man whose whereabouts have often been questioned (jokingly) following his departure back in 2002 — took to Twitter to weigh in on American Idol’s cancellation on Monday, May 11.
“I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED,” Dunkleman, who served as co-host on the hit competition show for only one season, tweeted following the news that Idol’s upcoming 15th season will be its last.
I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED
— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015
During a press conference with reporters, Chairmain and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden joked about a possible Seacrest/Dunkleman reunion during the series' final run. “Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him,” Walden joked after being asked about Dunkleman’s possible return.
The network announced on Monday that after 13 years on the air American Idol will be canceled. "American Idol will begin its 15th — and final — season this January on FOX," the network wrote in a release. "A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols."
Fellow Fox CEO and Chairman Gary Newman said it was “not an easy decision” to make during the call.
“American Idol had been such a vital part of Fox for its run and we spent a lot of time talking with the producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end,” Newman explained. “Next year we're announcing it as the final season and it is going to be a true season-long celebration. We're already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and to send it off in a way that is as significant as the run it's had on our network,” he added. Click here to see how former Idol stars reacted to the news.
Idol, of course, is responsible for churning out artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson among several others.
After leaving the hit show following its debut, Dunkleman, a stand-up comedian, appeared on Celebrity Fit Club and had numerous small guest roles including on NBC's Las Vegas.
The now 43-year-old admitted during a 2011 interview on the Joy Behar Show that leaving the show — only to see Ryan Seacrest becoming a multi-millionaire superstar — was a bad move. “Listen, I’d like to say I was just young and stupid, but the truth is, I really wasn’t that young,” he said. “I mean listen, I was a comedian and an actor… What I wanted to do with my life is be an actor and that’s going great,” he joked while giving the thumbs-up.
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