American Idol's emcee will take over, while the cable network axes Kathy Griffin

By Todd Peterson
Updated December 21, 2005 09:00 AM

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is about to get another job – as if he needed one.

The TV and radio star is finalizing a seven-figure deal to become the lead anchor of E! News and develop a new series for the cable network, Variety reports.

Seacrest is quickly becoming the busiest man in show-biz: The new gig comes in addition to his duties on American Idol, as well as daily radio show on Los Angeles’s KIIS-FM. He also is co-hosting ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the next few years and is expected to eventually take over the annual show for Dick Clark and host the weekly American Top 40 radio show.

Seacrest is expected to begin his E! duties later this winter or early next spring, and he will also be covering the red-carpet for the network beginning with this year’s Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16.

That news may be at the expense of Kathy Griffin, who had provided red-carpet coverage alongside Star Jones Reynolds for the cable network since the departure of Joan Rivers. Griffin tells the New York Post that E! President Ted Harbert told the comic’s lawyer her services were no longer needed.

“Apparently Ted told my reps that the E! red carpet is a puzzle and I am a piece of the puzzle, which is a wonderful puzzle piece, but I don’t fit this particular puzzle and that when I see the puzzle, I will get it. I am a piece that doesn’t understand only because they can’t tell me who will take over,” Griffin told the Post.

“They kept saying, ‘When you see the new puzzle, you will know it is not a personal insult.’ I was like, are you kidding? I got canned, bottom line.”