After Stroke Speculation, Rep Says Dunwoody Native Ryan Seacrest Is Fine

May 19, 2020

A representative for entertainer Ryan Seacrest has said the host did not have a stroke on Sunday night's American Idol.

Rumors and worries mounted that Seacrest, a native of Dunwoody, was experiencing some kind of medical emergency at the end of the singing competition program. The host can be seen slurring his words and squinting with one eye. 

"Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night,” his publicist told People on Monday. “Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home."

Seacrest, who is also the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, was absent from the show Monday morning. He briefly addressed concerns around his absence and worries about his health on Tuesday morning's program.

"Thank you for all the very kind well wishes from my exhaustion working around the clock," he said.

Seacrest graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1992, and got his start in broadcasting at 94.1 FM in Atlanta, then known as WSTR FM. 

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