Ryan Seacrest misses first American Idol episode in 17 seasons due to illness
Ryan Seacrest misses first American Idol episode in 17 seasons due to illness The star called in sick for 'American Idol' for the first time ever.
Ryan had to miss filming for Monday's episode due to illness, and it marks the first time he has been absent on a production day across all 17 seasons.
Ryan's absence meant Bobby Bones stepped in to take his place .
He joked: Judge Katy Perry joked that the absence proves Ryan - who has never missed an episode in the history of the show - is actually a real person rather than a robot.