American Idol: Ryan Seacrest Looks Forward to Being a Dad
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is juggling multiple projects, including moderating the highly-rated reality competition, heading his own radio show in Los Angeles and hosting the E! network's E! News.  However, amidst his busy schedule, Seacrest has given some thought to something more personal: having children of his own.

"I think it would be tough, but I definitely look forward to a little girl and a little boy," Ryan Seacrest told In Touch Weekly in the magazine's July 23 issue.  "I want more than five but less than 10."

The 32-year-old radio and television personality and American Idol judge Simon Cowell went to Africa early this year as part of the show's Idol Gives Back charity event.  Around $70 million dollars was raised by the star-studded FOX telethon, with the money going to a relief fund for children and young people living in poverty in Africa and America.  The event further increased awareness about the plight of African children.

Moreover, Seacrest said that his experience in the poverty-stricken country helped him discover something he can enjoy along with his success in the entertainment industry.

"I like to spend time with kids," he told In Touch Weekly.

The American Idol host also said that one reason why he appreciates children is because they have many of the same qualities as Cowell.

"They are probably the most honest individuals on the planet," Seacrest told In Touch Weekly.  "They will tell you if you're good, bad, fat or skinny."

Although Seacrest has been contemplating about fatherhood, who he will have children with is still a big question mark in his life.  Lately, his busy schedule has not permitted him to be with someone long enough for the relationship to reach a higher level.  Last year, he and Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher dated briefly, with Seacrest blaming his erratic schedule and excessive media attention for their swift romance.

"She's clever.  She's self-deprecating.  She's successful.  She can pay for dinner,” he told the New York Times last year.  “What's wrong? It is strange, but I don't think it was a Teri Hatcher issue.  It's a Ryan Seacrest issue."

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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