Ryan Seacrest was the longtime host of 'American Idol.' And he'll be back!

Ryan Seacrest was the longtime host of 'American Idol.' And he'll be back!

Ray Mickshaw/AP

Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting American Idol when it returns for a first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday's Live with Kelly and Ryan, which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.

Here's a look at every 'American Idol' winner; reality show comes to an end in 2016

Seacrest has a long history with Idol during its smash-hit run on Fox from 2002 through 2016. Reclaiming that job gives him an additional role in the Disney family, which owns ABC and produces the syndicated Live.

Seacrest's possible return to Idol had sparked much speculation, even though it airs from Los Angeles and Live airs mornings from New York. The busy Seacrest will also continue his syndicated Los Angles morning drive-time radio show, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show, from his iHeartMedia studio in New York.

More on American Idol:

What's Happening on GuideLive