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Can Anyone Explain the Appeal of Ryan Seacrest?

It’s gotten to the point where I watch ”American Idol“ in spite of Seacrest — certainly not because of him

I don’t know Ryan Seacrest. Have never met him, or even seen him around town. My knowledge of him, and perception of who he is, is based on what I see on the television, or hear on the radio.

Can anyone explain what the appeal is here? This man may have been charming in the beginning of his "American Idol" days, but there is no charm now.

Ryan SeacrestI think he is unappealing. His over-processed hair, over-whitened teeth and over-the-top denial of his sexual orientation are all unattractive.

He seems to think he is funny. Not only is he not funny, he is mean and offensive. He loves his own voice and laughs at his own jokes. The problem is, because he is not funny, he appears to laugh for no reason.

Ryan is paid an obscene amount of money to host "American Idol." It’s fascinating because he is the main reason this show is hard to watch. He thinks he is a judge, and that his opinion has value. It does not.

I’m barely able to muster up the strength to care about what Ellen says, let alone Ryan, who is not there to have an opinion.

With Simon leaving the show, it is going to be hard to stay tuned. If they think Ryan is the reason we watch, then whoever cut that deal is an idiot.

We watch the show in spite of Ryan Seacrest, not because of him. The magic that was "American Idol" is gone, and no matter how much they pay Ryan, or get new judges, they will never get it back.

"American Idol" should call it a day and simply fade away. The show will not be worth watching without Simon.

"Idol" is overstaying its welcome — it’s time to go.

In the interest of everyone, I think pulling the plug and ending it quickly will be better than losing Simon and having a slow and painful death that is dragged out.

You’ll be fine, Ryan. You have about 16 other jobs that will keep you busy. You can spend your time tanning, getting your teeth whitened and decorating the closet you live in.

Stay behind the camera where you belong, my darling.

I wish you the best of luck with your jobs, and hope you find love with someone other than yourself. Seacrest OUT!

Aaron Barlow writes about film, new media (especially blogging) and whatever else happens to pique his interest. Past owner/operator of a cafe, a store, and a gallery (among other activities), he began teaching at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) four years ago. His newest book is “Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes.” Visit him online at www.aaronbarlow.com.