Ryan Seacrest has rubbished rumours he has had a stroke.
The 45-year-old television presenter sparked fears that he was unwell when he appeared on the American Idol finale on Sunday (May 17) and then later missed an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan but his representative has since insisted he is fine and just needed some rest.
A spokesperson for Ryan said: "Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night. Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home. Between Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three-four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he's in need of rest. So today he took a well-deserved day off."
Meanwhile, Ryan — who is in a relationship with 28-year-old chef Shayna Taylor — thinks he needs to "grow up" and find a work-life balance.
Recalling his busiest working time, he said: "There were five daily responsibilities. You lose the balance and you are drained by the end of every day and you've gotta go do it again the next day. So that's always been a tough struggle. I mean, maybe it's perhaps why I'm not married now. So thank you for this therapy! I do have to grow up a little bit and realise that there needs to be a work-life balance."
Ryan has always loved having an audience and his ambitions grew and grew after he landed his job on American Idol.
He said: "I always wanted it, I never had it and I couldn't believe I got it. I wanted to have a touch-point to an audience at every part of the day. So that would be wake up and drive in; that would be a primetime TV show; that would be a cable TV show; that would be an award show. My model was to always have a connection with the audience, no matter what time of day or day of the week." — BANG