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Ryan Seacrest gets emotional over 'American Idol': 'I'm going to miss it'

Next season, "American Idol" will wrap a 15-year run on TV, which will leave Ryan Seacrest out of one job ... but far from unemployed.
/ Source: TODAY

No question: Ryan Seacrest is one of the hardest-working men in show business, but his job list is about to get a lot easier when "American Idol" goes off the air next season.

But before then, it's going to get harder, as he revealed on TODAY Monday. He noted he'd seen a segment on TODAY that looked back at "Idol" through the years and said, "When I saw all the moments, I got a little emotional. I'm going to miss it."

Seacrest is the only original cast member still part of the show and as he noted, 15 years ago his career was very different.

"I was scared to death when I first started that show ... I was really nervous the first couple of seasons. Fortunately, I got a little more comfortable with it, but I also look back and think to myself, what was I doing with my hair and my wardrobe?"

Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest at the start of "American Idol" in 2002, and in 2015.WireImage, AP

He's definitely improved on all levels since. And that includes his expanded media empire. He's an executive producer of shows like "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and will now produce and host the new show "Knock Knock Live."

But that's not enough: He's also gunning for a spot helping NBC cover the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

"Put in a good word [for me]?" he asked Savannah Guthrie.

"I have no influence here," she laughed.

We will see!

"Knock Knock Live" premieres July 21 on Fox.

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