RYAN Seacrest has appeared to clap back at criticism of his hosting skills on American Idol.
The presenter was accused of being “nasty” and “brutal” while telling contestants they hadn’t made it into the top 12 during Monday’s episode.
GettyRyan Seacrest has appeared to clap back at criticism of his hosting skills on American Idol[/caption]
InstagramHe ignored the criticism and posted about his ‘excitement’ for the live show while sharing a snap with Katy Perry[/caption]
He shared a photo of himself and show judge Katy Perry backstage on Instagram.
Ryan was captured jumping in the air, while Katy pulled a playful robotic pose with her arms and legs.
The former Live With Kelly and Ryan host captioned it: “Can you tell I’m excited that American Idol is live again? Tune in now!”
Hours earlier, viewers aired their frustration at Ryan’s behavior on the show and begged him to “quit.”
He had been tasked with telling contestants whether they made it into the top 12 or not and some fans felt he was a little “nasty” delivering the news.
From early on in the episode it was clear that Ryan wasn’t going to sugarcoat anything for American Idol hopefuls.
He told one competitor, “You sang lose you to love me. We might lose you tonight,” which some viewers felt was particularly “harsh.”
A critic said on Reddit: “‘We might lose you tonight’ was so nasty omg.”
Another wrote on Reddit: “Ryan really needs to leave the show. He’s been so off today and yesterday, he just seems done.”
Another wrote: “Omg that was such a read the way Ryan told Michael he wasn’t going thru.”
“Ryan is brutal tonight lmao,” a third fan tweeted.
The backlash comes just one day after fans slammed the show for airing what they called an unbearably long episode on Sunday.
The three-hour television broadcast saw the competition whittled down from 26 singers to 20, and people “couldn’t even vote for their favorites until the end.”
There were three live performances, including past winners HunterGirl and Noah Thompson, as well as Smokey Robinson.
When the smoke cleared, only six of the contestants were eliminated over the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST event.
The other 20 singers were slated to perform during Monday’s episode, with some singing for their chance to remain on the show.
Of the finalists, 10 will be voted on by fans and the fate of the other two will be decided by the judges.
Fans claimed that so much of the episode was filler that they could barely get to the point where they could vote for the top 12.
ABCRyan was slammed for making ‘nasty’ and ‘brutal’ comments to contestants during Monday’s show[/caption]
Getty Images – GettyThe presenter pictured with the three show judges[/caption]