A source recently confirmed to “Extra” that Ryan Seacrest is in early discussions to return to “American Idol,” which he hosted for 15 years before it wrapped in 2016.

Seacrest told "Extra" as he was heading to work on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" on Thursday, "I would love to do it, but I got this job right now.”

Ryan gushed about working with Kelly Ripa, who approves of his possible return to "American Idol," saying, "The best... she is the best.”

News of Ryan’s possible return comes on the heels of reports that ABC is eyeing Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson as a judge. TMZ reports there is “serious interest” in Clarkson, whose team is reportedly opening up her schedule for the show.

Of the rumors, Ryan said, "She's the first, she's the original... man, she'd be amazing."

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