RYAN Seacrest “wouldn’t even take breaks to eat” before his friends held an “intervention” about his workload, a source told The Sun.
Often dubbed the "hardest working person in Hollywood," the American Idol host was urged to take a “breather” by his loved ones who were “concerned” about his well-being after “20 years of nonstop work.”
Fans were worried when the TV personality was not present on Live With Kelly & Ryan alongside his co-host, Kelly Ripa, late last month.
While “nothing serious” is going on with Ryan, 46, a source close to the radio DJ exclusively told The Sun he was encouraged to take a break due to “fear” he overworks himself.
“There was always a fear he would completely overwork himself. He’s been go-go-go for 20 years now and he is almost 50…
“We thought he would have slowed down and settled down by now. But that hasn’t been the case. He’s only gotten busier so everyone is worried about him and has been for years.”
The insider then revealed just how jam-packed Ryan’s schedule is, claiming: “He works hard and works nonstop… he will often skip solid meals and drink a green juice as a supplement so he doesn’t 'waste time' by sitting down and eating.
“He has drivers to take him everywhere not just because he can afford it, but because he is in the backseat working on his phone or a laptop. He really doesn’t stop.”
The informant then alleged that while Ryan is the “nicest guy so he never lashes out when he’s stressed,” they explained that when he’s stressed, he has a “certain tone in his voice or look in his eyes… that’s when you know he’s about had his limit.”
“With the new season of Idol coming up to add to his already busy workload, I think everyone knew now would be the time to get him to take a breather so that’s when they sat down to have a difficult talk with him.
“Everyone came from a place of love and Ryan understood. He was very grateful for the experience, actually, and appreciated the love and support he’s surrounded with.
“It was overall a very positive experience,” the source added.
They said that the Hollywood icon “WON’T give up any of his major gigs” while trying to create a more-balanced work-life schedule.
Though he stepped away from Live With Kelly & Ryan temporarily, he continued to host his popular morning show, On-Air With Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM.
The insider concluded that Ryan has been “in good spirits” while virtually hosting the radio program.
A rep for Ryan did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
The busy host missed several episodes of his morning talk show late last month.
Last month, Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos, filled in when Ryan was out for several shows.
During a 2020 episode of American Idol, fans were left concerned for Ryan's health after a segment saw the host slur his speech and appear unable to focus properly.
His right eye also appeared to be drooping.
RYAN'S RUN RAGGED
Reps for the host released the following statement: "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."
Speaking to People magazine, the rep added: "Between LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three to 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."
Following the health scare, Ryan reportedly considered a permanent move back to Los Angeles from NYC after suffering from "exhaustion" while filming his various shows.
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