By Robin

The cat is officially out of the bag.

Ryan Seacrest announced this morning on Live with Kelly & Ryan, that he will be returning to be the host of the American Idol reboot on ABC.

In a statement released via PEOPLE, Ryan says:

“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me. I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from 15 seasons.

As previously reported, Katy Perry is confirmed to be a judge on the show. She tweeted her congrats to Ryan this morning.

Idol auditions begin in less than a month, August 17th.



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