Ryan Seacrest Denies He Suffered A Stroke During Live American Idol Finale
A rep for Ryan Seacrest has reassured fans that he didn't suffer a stroke during the live remote final of American Idol this weekend.
Concerned fans took to social media to question if the host was OK after he appeared to begin stumbling over his words and noticing that his right eye looked smaller than his left.
With one asking: Is @RyanSeacrest okay? Not making light of this. He went from normal to his speech being off and his eye shutting halfway."
While another wrote: "Is Ryan Secrest okay? Did anyone else notice something was wrong with his eye?"
But now a rep for the 45-year-old star has said he is simply 'adjusting to the new normal' and juggling a heavy workload.
In a statement to People a rep said: "Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night. 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.
"Between Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three to four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he's in need of rest.
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"So today he took a well-deserved day off."
Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa enlisted the help of her husband Mark Consuelos to fill in for Seacrest when he was off on Monday morning.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Seacrest has been working from home.
Speaking in April about how American Idol would work in lockdown, Seacrest said on the Tamron Hall Show: "We will have to start 24 different locations, all from everyone's home in the safety of their own home."
He added: "We're going to deliver this season as planned, just with a bit of distance."
To avoid internet issues or glitches, contestants had to record themselves live to tape, which were then aired during the show.
Just Sam, also known as Samantha Diaz, was crowned the winner on Sunday night, with Seacrest tweeting to congratulate the star, writing: "Congrats to our Season 3 winner, @CoJustsam!"
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