April 16th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Dunkleman strikes back at 'Idol's' Seacrest

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At least one person didn’t think Ryan Seacrest’s recent joking reference to his former “American Idol” co-host, Brian Dunkleman, was very funny.

In an interview with TV.com, Dunkleman said he got that Seacrest was going for laughs when he jokingly during the Top 9 "American Idol" show said his former colleague would be co-hosting the upcoming “Idol Gives Back.”

“Well, it was an attempt at a joke,” Dunkleman said. “But unfortunately for Ryan, instead of a laugh, he got applause.”

Dunkleman left “Idol” as co-host after the first season, reportedly because he did not like the treatment of the contestants.

Since then, he’s been the source of plenty of comedic material regarding his decision to leave what went on to become the most popular show on television.

In reacting to Seacrest’s quips, Dunkleman said jokes have “never really been [Seacrest’s] strong suit.”

“But it was a joke, and whether it was mean-spirited or not is irrelevant,” Dunkleman said. “A joke’s a joke; you can either take it or you can’t.”

“And quite honestly, once you’ve had Jimmy Kimmel say in a monologue that you should be punched in the face, and at this point you’d probably be receptive to a knife in the gut, I think what Seacrest said was pretty tame.”


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    August 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Millie Bea

    Dunkleman is secondary in the conversation. The problem, is that Ryan has been obnoxious, mean, perverse, inappropriate, irritating and self-aggrandizing. The show is not about him- but I can see his ego puff up bigger and bigger every time he comes down those lighted stairs- when the judges come out from underneath them. Many of his comments are not fit for family consumption- and his job is not to challenge the judging- otherwisw he would have been made a judge- he has indulged himself and his own amusement to the extent that the judges have at several points had to cut their comments short because of time constraints. He should be replaced next year.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Millie

    Ellen

    April 20, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kay

    I wanted to voice my support for Dunkleman's decision to leave a bad job when he did, so I will just echo Greg's post 100%.... "I like Dunkleman. His only mistake was trying to take part in an industry that values nothing but the almighty dollar. Dunkleman actually did what so many Hollywood movies are about: he stood up for principles; unfortunately, the same can not be said for many who are successful in entertainment or Hollywood in general. Hollywood makes movies about it but rest assured there a few principles beyond "Greed is Great" within the elite of Hollywood. It is all an illusion in the name of money; not entertainment."

    April 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Head Diva In Charge

    LOL – I thought maybe they were throwing poor Dunkleman a bone and letting him come back....guess not.
    And by the way, I LOVE that picture of the two of the, Ryan looks like a plastic doll. You certainly got better with age my friend – Malibu Ken is out.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Blah Blah Blah

    I've watched AI since it began. And I thought the joke was hilarious!! I think that unless you saw the first season, you won't get it. Absolutely hilarious on Ryan's part!

    April 19, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Seacrest is losing it this season. He is turning into Oprah with all of his stupid questions. I would like to see him go.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Cohen

    Seacrest should come "Out"....

    April 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    I like Dunkleman. His only mistake was trying to take part in an industry that values nothing but the almighty dollar. Dunkleman actually did what so many Hollywood movies are about, he stood up for principles; unfortunately the same can not be said for many who are successful in entertainment or Hollywood in general. Hollywood makes movies about it but rest assured there a few principles beyond "Greed is Great" within the elite of Hollywood. It is all an illusion in the name of money; not entertainment.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Morris the Cat

    Seacrest has been out of sorts this season. Going after Cowell was Part 1, perping a lie about Dunkster was Part 2..... trying to be the defense lawyer for certain contestants is Part 3.

    Cowell will be gone from next year's season so I suspect Ryan is trying to brace himself up to be the #1 attraction on AI.

    Guess what? He's not..... he was a great host – but his fame is getting the better of him. There's no way he can replace the hugely popular (but for different reasons) Simon Cowell.

    I suspect he's getting bored being a solid sideman for Kara, Randy, Ellen and Simon....

    With Simon leaving, Ricky Minor taking off I think Ryan is in a position to leave himself (especially if he has to do battle with a hela monster like Howard Stern next season)

    April 18, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dunkelman is a whiner

    Dunkelman is just bitter and jealous. He quit the show because he thought he could find a better gig somewhere else. Well, he never did and now Ryan Seacrest (for better or worse) is one of the hottest names in entertainment. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    April 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sency

    Ryan sometimes isn't funny – some jokes flop

    http://www.sency.com/ryan-seacrest.htm

    April 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. laura TJ

    Sorry,but even his last name is a joke - move on.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Millie

    They always made the cutest couple. Does this mean they're seeing each other again? Ryan REALLY looks like Ellen there. Twins.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. why

    who gives a ...... about this ricky martin wanabees.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

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