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Ryan Seacrest gushes about Mariah Carey joining 'American Idol' (Video)

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is beaming over new judge Mariah Carey.

According to the report, Seacrest gushed about his phone call to Today show host Matt Lauer. He explained, “I actually called her last night and I said, 'So welcome to the family, I said, 'What are you going to be like on the show? She said, 'You know how I am: I'm very honest. I say what I'm thinking.' I said, 'Great. You'll fit right in.'"

Seacrest also talked to Lauer about rumors surfacing as to who will replace newly departed Steven Tyler. He replied, “I've heard rumors of Brad Paisley, I've heard rumors of Pink, I've heard rumors about all kinds of people. And the way that it works is we read about the rumors and about an hour before it's confirmed I get a call saying, 'Guess who's on the show.'"

Mariah’s addition to the judging panel comes after actress/singer Jennifer Lopez informed the AI host that it was her time to go. Aerosmith front man, Tyler, also relinquished his seat on the judging panel to continue his passion in music.

Check out Ryan's interview with Matt Lauer below:

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