Ryan Seacrest to Host NBC’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games Late Night Coverage

Competition kicks off Aug. 5, 2016

Last Updated: August 12, 2015 @ 9:36 AM

Ryan Seacrest just landed yet another job: host of NBC’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games late night coverage.

“The late night atmosphere will be electric,” said Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics. “And we’re thrilled to have Ryan Seacrest in the middle of it all capturing Rio’s unique flavor, talking to Olympic athletes, and telling the stories of the day.”

“Joining the NBC Olympics team at the 2012 London Games was an exhilarating experience,” added Seacrest. “I appreciate Jim Bell’s confidence, along with everyone at NBC Sports. I can’t wait to reunite with the team of broadcasters and producers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I look forward to hosting the live late night show.”

Seacrest served as a correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Games, which was the most-watched television event in U.S. history, pulling in more than 217 million viewers overall. There, he interviewed U.S. swimming champion Michael Phelps and co-hosted the Closing Ceremony.

In addition to his “American Idol” gig, popular radio show and New Year’s Eve TV job, Seacrest has a deal with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks, including serving as host and producer of the “E! Live from the Red Carpet” awards programs.

Seacrest’s latest reality series, “Knock Knock Live,” was yanked by Fox after airing just two poorly rated episodes this summer.

The Rio Olympics begin on Aug. 5, 2016.