This Thursday, the curtain falls on American Idol, the beloved singing competition that set new ratings records and realized (or shattered) the dreams of hundreds of aspiring performers who wanted to be the next big pop star. After season one topped the charts, it came as a surprise when Ryan Seacrest’s co-host, Brian Dunkleman, decided to call it quits.
Today, Brian admits that leaving Idol may have been one of the biggest mistakes in history. He immediately knew, however, that he was “I knew I wanted to leave the show on the first day,” Brian says. “There was a stretch of about an hour when kid after kid came out just bawling, and I’d never seen anything like that.”
Here, Brian, an actor and stand-up comedian, opens up about his brief time in the limelight and what he’s been doing with his life since.