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There was a hitch: The party fell just as the major players were seeking a more lucrative deal with the network reflecting the show’s sudden popularity.“In the Hollywood tradition of renegotiating, Simon Fuller was, through CAA, putting a tremendous amount of pressure on us to renew the deal,” he said.
Enter Brian Dunkleman One of the biggest legends in “American Idol” history is one that n was — Ryan Seacrest‘s Season 1 co-host, Brian Dunkleman.
In assembling onscreen talent, Grushow did not recall any casting sessions for Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson or Ryan Seacrest. “I do remember one casting session, and that was where we met Brian Dunkleman,” he said.
Over 15 seasons, Fox’s “American Idol” became a cultural phenomenon, launching the careers of music superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, as well as judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest.
But not all of the drama occurred on stage as wannabes competed for the spotlight, said Sandy Grushow, the former Chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group who presided over both the broadcast network and the production studio from 1999 to 2004.
Behind the scenes, Grushow raled that the network had to tackle issues like time-zone troubles, a reluctant Simon Cowell, a hovering Rupert Murdoch and a disastrous party at the Santa Monica home of News Corp president and COO Peter Chernin.