Entertainment Music Ryan Seacrest Stored Original American Idol Judges' Desk in Garage: 'It's Coming in Handy' "Kept this in my garage for over 3 years in case of an emergency. The time has come," said the longtime host on Instagram By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 22, 2020 08:49 AM Share Tweet Pin Email A bit of sentimental hoarding has paid off for Ryan Seacrest! On Tuesday, the American Idol host, 45, revealed to fans that he has saved the original series' desk, which was once used by O.G. judges, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Seacrest said he has stored the iconic set piece for more than three years, and will now use it for his at-home segments of upcoming social distancing episodes of the singing show. "Hey, guys. So we're rehearsing for American Idol ... and this desk is the original desk that Randy, Paula and Simon had," said the TV personality, proudly showing off the shiny silver desk with its neon blue accents. "... I never thought we'd quite use it again, but it's coming in handy for this Sunday." Originally on Fox, the competition series now airs on ABC, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This weekend's audience voting episode will be a first for the show, as contestants and judges broadcast in remotely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Kept this in my garage for over 3 years in case of an emergency. The time has come....," he captioned the clip on Instagram. "@AmericanIdol is going to be HISTORIC on so many levels. We’re broadcasting from 25 different locations." Ryan Seacrest Donates $1 Million to Help Coronavirus Relief Efforts in N.Y.C. and L.A. Ryan Seacrest Instagram Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories In 2016, Seacrest reflected on landing the emceeing gig on the popular singing show, which first premiered in 2002, revealing that he nearly didn't secure the job. “It was my first big break that almost didn’t happen,” Seacrest told Harry Connick Jr. during an appearance on the daytime program Harry at the time. Seacrest — who now also co-hosts the daytime talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan alongside pal Kelly Ripa — said there was almost a conflict when he got hired elsewhere at the same time as Idol. “It was like two weeks before I found out about American Idol,” said Seacrest. “The same company that produces it, produces Family Feud, and I auditioned for Family Feud and I tested well in the audition.” RELATED VIDEO: Paula Abdul to Kelly Clarkson about Her New Talk Show: 'I'm Your Second Proudest Mama' Katy Perry Explains Why American Idol Judges Won't Always Say If They Dislike a Performance He continued: “I got a call saying, ‘Look we think that we are going to make a deal for you to be the host, but there might be something else in the pipeline, but let’s try to make a deal for Family Feud unless you want to do this other thing.’” Ultimately, Seacrest passed on Feud and ended up on Idol. “Something in the back of my mind,” Seacrest said of his career choice. “I thought that Feud would be the big break. I was not doing big TV. I was psyched, anyways, so it turned out that I waited and Idol was the show.” American Idol will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.