Ryan Seacrest might be one of the busiest men in Hollywood with probably the max number of jobs that any man could have, but all his success had to start somewhere!
Lucky for us, the 38-year-old hit up "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night and swapped stories with the late-night host about their early days as radio DJs. While Jimmy admitted to getting fired from five gigs early in his career, Ryan admitted that he still appreciates his radio jobs and how all the hours of broadcasting live help him with his "American Idol" hosting duties.
"I love it. I really do. I'm exhausted many days by the end of the day, but I feel like one of the reasons I was confident enough to host live television is because I've done so many hours of live radio," he told the late night host. "I mean, I was scared to death, terrified when I started 'American Idol.' But after doing so many hours of live radio you handle all kinds of different situations, and I think that helped with me hosting."
So, just how many hours has Ryan spent on air? Well, he didn't give an exact number, but he did say how old he was when he began his career.
"I started calling in to the local station — the station in Atlanta — when I was 15 years old. I'd call a guy named Tom Sullivan, the night jock, after school when I got home. I'd call the request line to try and request a song to hear my voice back on the air," he joked to Jimmy. "You know they'd tape you, and I'd wait for it to be played back, and eventually I got to know him and I had the courage to say — after a couple of months of calling in — 'Can I come in and be your intern?' and that's how I started."
It's hard to believe how far he's come since calling in just to hear his own voice!
Check out this video to see the unlikely job Ryan was doing when he thought he had hit it big, and be sure to tune in to "omg! Insider" on television tonight for more of the latest in entertainment news!
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