RYAN Seacrest has shared side-by-side photos that left fans beside themselves.
Some said he “looked better” in the old picture as many have been “concerned” for his health recently.
Ryan, 45, shared two photos with a familiar face on Thursday.
After having Katharine McPhee, 38, on Live with Kelly and Ryan – which he has co-hosted since 2017 – he celebrated the rare reunion.
“Now & then. Another great show, thanks for coming by!” he captioned two pics, one of Katharine from the set along with one when she was runner up on American Idol – which he’s hosted since it began 20 years ago.
While many fans said she aged beautifully, others sadly preferred the “then” photo in Ryan’s case, especially given recent events.
“Omg those are major throwback vibes right there!” one began.
However, another wrote on the throwback, “Ryan literally looks so much better!”
A third commented, “Wow, that [was] a minute ago”
A fourth wrote, “You are insane,” under the busy host’s photos.
A fifth used the word, “fossil.”
HOST OF CONCERNS
Fans recently became worried for the long-time emcee during the singing competition’s expansive three-hour finale on May 22nd.
Social media users pointed out that Ryan’s eye was twitching and drooped multiple times during the big broadcast.
Wearing a blue blazer with his hair slicked back, he also appeared to say some words incomprehensibly and wave his hands around at points as he spoke rapidly between acts.
One viewer chimed in: “Am I the only one noticing Ryan Seacrest’s eye again? What’s happening?”
Another asked: “What’s going on with Ryan Seacrest’s eye?? #AmericanIdol”
A third Twitter user noticed: “The way we’re all worried about Ryan’s eye instead of the finale is telling.”
A fourth accused him of mispronunciation, writing: “@RyanSeacrest totally beefing the name of @metheridge’s album.”
Along with some worrying behavior, Ryan revealed that he also had a wardrobe malfunction and was forced to change his underwear during the live show.
During the 2020 finale of American Idol, fans had similar concerns about the busy host’s health.
A segment similarly saw the host slur his speech and appear unable to focus properly.
One tweeted then, “Something is not right with Ryan Seacrest. He’s acting strange. Slurring his words, dropping his right eye.”
At the time, Ryan reportedly considered a permanent move back to Los Angeles as his friends were worried he’s “overdoing it.”
“He has nothing against New York, but he feels that he was healthier in Los Angeles,” a source told Closer Weekly at the time.
Afterward, reps for the host released the following statement: “Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night.”
Speaking to People, the rep added: “Between LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three to four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he’s in need of rest.”
‘I BURNT MYSELF OUT’
As The Sun exclusively reported last November, Ryan’s friends nearly forced him to go to Mexico with his girlfriend Audrey Paige, 25.
They felt he needed a “breather” from working so hard.
“He’s been go-go-go for 20 years now and he is almost 50…” a source close told The Sun.
“We thought he would have slowed down and settled down by now. But that hasn’t been the case. He’s only gotten busier so everyone is worried about him and has been for years.
“He works hard and works nonstop… he will often skip solid meals and drink a green juice as a supplement so he doesn’t ‘waste time’ by sitting down and eating.”
A month after that Mexico getaway, in which Ryan was photographed still taking calls – he caused a commotion when he seemed to switch to a strange broth-based diet.
Ryan took to Twitter in late December 2021 to share a photo of his “Post Christmas diet,” as he captioned the post.
It featured three bottles on a table. They were labeled “first meal,” “second meal,” and “third meal” respectively, and under that, they were each labeled a different type of broth.
“I hope this is a joke,” one replied as other Twitter fans were simply just concerned.
Ryan has been notoriously working non-stop for years, bouncing between his gigs on American Idol, Live, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and more.
He’s so busy that he joked to Jimmy Kimmel in 2018 that he has to schedule bathroom breaks.
“I try to go to the bathroom every once in a while, but that only happens on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays,” he said.
Although Ryan’s a pro at hosting after decades in the industry, his two main programs – Idol and Live – cause him to travel a lot.
Every year, he hosts Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest – which is in New York.
Although this event only happens once a year, there is a lot of preparation that goes into the role.
Last December, the radio host signed a multi-year contract to continue hosting the program.
In December 2021 – amid the soup diet – Ryan spoke with WSJ Magazine and acknowledged his “burn-out.”
“It’s personal, but I definitely knew that I needed to slow down….I just had burnt myself out. I was absolutely beat and fatigued and just wasn’t letting myself accept that. Now I do,” he explained.
“To say no to things is difficult. You want to say yes. When I say no to something, I feel guilt in terms of an obligation.”
However, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down since those candid words.
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