LIVE with Kelly and Ryan host Ryan Seacrest has admitted he gets “hungry and tired” while hosting ABC’s New Year’s Eve special amid health concerns.
The multifaceted broadcaster opened up about his hosting duties during an appearance on Good Morning America.
Ryan, 48, joined GMA hosts to converse about his part in the upcoming Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
After discussing how he spent Christmas at the beginning of the segment, the morning show moderation asked: “On the air for five hours, five hours plus every night, what do you do to kind of energize yourself, keep yourself going?”
The radio host answered: “So I used to eat a big meal beforehand, I used to have barbeque before I went out there… then I realized, about halfway through, that I started to get a little tired and too full and thirsty.”
Ryan then disclosed: “So I saved the meal for afterward, about one-thirty in the morning I have dinner.”
He also revealed: “I get hungry,” explaining, “we’re running up and down the blocks here in Time Square, stage to stage, it’s tea, water, and a really late dinner.
“That’s the routine.”
The American Idol host was then questioned about what it’s like backstage during the broadcast.
Ryan voiced: “Backstage, it can be hectic.”
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The 48-year-old explained: “As we get close to midnight we have, for example, this year Duran Duran will be performing at one end of Time Square and then the ball is at the other end of Time Square.
“The million people seem to converge right in the middle, so we’ve had to fight our way through the crowds with the crew to get there in time because if you miss the drop, it’s kind of a big deal.”
Ryan concluded: “It’s the one second you need to show up for.”
Ryan recently shaded rival New Year’s Eve hosts Andy Cohen, 54, and Anderson Cooper, 55, over their live-TV antics.
Amid news that CNN will be cutting back on on-air boozing, the American Idol host teased plans to “tempt” the duo.
Ryan chatted with EW about the network’s decision, telling the outlet that he supports the move.
“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” he said.
“I don’t know how that started as a tradition but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back].”
He noted that viewers may not be on board, however, adding that they actually probably “wish they would drink more.”
The Live host told the outlet he and other ABC stars plan to hold off on catching a buzz until after 1:05am.
Ryan then got a little shady, saying of the CNN broadcast: “There’s some pretty respectable people or at least one, right?”
He added: “I think there’s a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea.”
The TV personality went on to speculate that CNN likely made the decision based on an incident that occurred during last year’s New Year’s programming.
As the show cam to an end, Andy, who was admittedly “overserved,” fired off a dig at Ryan, saying: “If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing. I’m sorry but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”
Ryan noted that the New Year’s Eve Live hosting duo of Andy and Anderson “had something to say about my show at one point,” adding that he doesn’t “think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren’t drinking.”
He then joked: “I might send them some Casa Dragones Tequila just to tempt them while they’re on the air.”
Andy has confessed that he feels badly about his job at Ryan, previously saying that it’s the “only thing that I regret saying.”
He also told PEOPLE that he has no real plans to tone down to boozing, saying: “My only direction is to have fun.
“That’s what I plan to do and I’m happy to cocktail it up.”
The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen star added: “I think people enjoy seeing me feed Anderson shots and that’s on the menu.”