LOS ANGELES - The host of "American Idol" has become an idol himself.
Ryan Seacrest was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday in a ceremony attended by his Fox TV colleagues, "Idol" judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.
"Listen, Simon," Jackson said to Cowell during their ceremonial speech. "What would we say about this day?"
"Ill-deserved," the famously grumpy Cowell replied, dryly. "I cannot believe that April the 20th is going to be Ryan Seacrest Day. I am officially taking this day off my diary."
Seacrest, 30, a 15-year radio veteran, confessed, "I remember getting up this morning at 3:30 a.m. on my way in to do the morning show, and I thought, `One person is going to come today.' ... I thought this would be the most unpopular star dedication ever."
After the ceremony Seacrest told AP Television News, "I actually thought it was a joke when I heard that they were going to do this."