ABC’s ‘American Idol’ producers defend high costs, Ryan Seacrest

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TV’s former ‘Death Star’ gets Disney’s playbook and surprisingly strong ad sales as it returns for a reboot with its venerable host facing a harassment claim. “I’ve known Ryan now for almost 16 years. I stand by him,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of the show’s producer, FremantleMedia.

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