The television host released a statement through his representative on Monday after some fans speculated about his health on social media after the “American Idol” finale.
Spectators noted that at some point during Sunday’s episode, Seacrest, which hosted remotely from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, seemed to distort his speech and his right eye seemed to widen.
Some fans have suggested on Twitter that they suffered a stroke. However, his representative said that this is not the case.
“Ryan didn’t have any stroke last night,” said a Seacrest representative at CNN in an email statement. “Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding the balance between home and work, with the added stress of having to organize live shows from home.”
Seacrest, who is also co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, did not appear on Monday’s live broadcast. His representative said he only “needed rest” and “deserved a well-deserved day off”.
At the end of the “American Idol” finale, when Just Sam was announced as this season’s winner, Seacrest seemed to have returned to normal.
Seacrest has been the host of “American Idol” since the show debuted in 2002. It also hosts a daily radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and produces several series for E!.
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