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"American Idol" to end next season as Fox searches for Dunkleman

“Where is Brian Dunkleman?”

That question about the Ellicottville native was raised by Fox executive Dana Walden this morning during a conference call in which it was announced that the long run of “American Idol” will end after the season that begins in January of 2016.

Walden’s question came after a media member on a conference call asked Walden if the comedian who co-hosted the first season of "Idol" with Ryan Seacrest in the summer of 2002 will be part of the celebration of the 15th and final season.

“Where is Brian Dunkleman” answered Walden. “Get me his number. I will call and invite him.”

Walden and another Fox executive on the call, Gary Newman, said the network and the show’s producers felt it was time to end the series after a celebratory final season that could include appearances by former judges and former contestants.

"Idol" certainly would want the winner of the season Dunkleman was a part of to participate in the celebration of the show. It was Kelly Clarkson.

Once the most popular series on television, “Idol” has been losing audience for several seasons in Western New York and nationally.

If anyone in Ellicottville has the answer to the Dunkleman question, he or she should give the Fox Network a call.



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