The Secrets of Seacrest's Success
Every weekday, Ryan rises early in Los Angeles to host, produce and book his syndicated radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. When that show wraps, he has just two and a half minutes to prepare for job number two—hosting American Top 40, the radio show he inherited from the legendary Casey Kasem in 2004.
After signing off on a morning of radio, Ryan shifts gears as host and executive producer of E! News. Once Ryan's caught up on the day's top stories, he hits hair and makeup before taking the stage with co-host Giuliana Rancic.
Stopping only for a quick Twitter break, Ryan hits jobs four, five and six at Ryan Seacrest Productions, his multimillion-dollar production company, which churns out hit shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians. More than 10 hours after starting at the radio station, Ryan assumes his role as entreprenuer, seeks out new talent and creates original shows.
At the end of the day, Ryan heads over to the main event of his day—American Idol. This year, Ryan signed a $45 million, three-year contract with the biggest show on television, making him the highest-paid reality television host ever. "That's pressure," he says. "I actually have to be good at what I do now."