Ryan Seacrest reportedly came close to missing his first "American Idol" episode due to illness on Wednesday. According to various sources the host was hit hard with a stomach bug and was so ill that he had an IV before the show. Cat Deeley was reportedly on call to step in as host if Seacrest couldn't make it.
And despite the illness Seacrest took to the stage where he watched performances by Phillip Phillips amongst others. Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough was reportedly backstage watching the performance and Ryan joked that she is a big fan of Phillips.
"I think she sighed and blushed and said, 'Yummy,'" Seacrest joked on the show. "We'll be having this conversation after the show, darling," he added.
A source at the show also revealed to TMZ.com that producers kept several buckets nearby on the set in case Seacrest needed to be sick during the show.
by RTT Staff Writer
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