American Idol launched quite a few careers over the course of its 14-season run. From powerhouse pop legend Kelly Clarkson to country superstar Carrie Underwood and about a million more, the truth is some serious talent has emerged from the reality singing competition. The show also launched host Ryan Seacrest's career, and our television sets may never be the same without him.

In a statement, Ryan broke his silence on the ending of Idol, saying (via Billboard), "American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it. It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true, too."

He continued, "All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years. I'm so glad they're going to give us a season-long send off. The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I'm looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favorite part -- two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!"

Season one saw Ryan co-hosting alongside Brian Dunkleman -- who has since admitted that leaving Idol was, perhaps, a grave error on his part. He has since commented on the show's cancelation, using that trademark humor of his by tweeting, "I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED."

At least, we hope that's Brian's actual Twitter -- his account isn't verified.

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