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Here's What It Feels Like Being The Other "American Idol" Host

In his Twitter bio Brian Dunkleman calls himself a "television history footnote."

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Let's rewind back to ye olden days of 2002. American Idol is in its first season, Kelly Clarkson is on her path to victory, and two hosts preside over it all.

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Fast forward to, well, now. American Idol is entering its 15th and final season, and Ryan Seacrest is practically an emperor.

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So how is former Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman feeling watching this milestone from afar?

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He's doing alright – though it was rocky for a while there. "I was very upset about it for a long, long time," Dunkleman told CNN.

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Dunkleman has said in the past that he left the show to pursue an acting career and because he "didn't like watching those kids being brought to tears like that."

His acting career has stalled, but he says he's ready to move past Idol.
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His acting career has stalled, but he says he's ready to move past Idol.

"You got to make up your mind that either you are going to be that angry guy for the rest of your life, or you gotta move on. It's taken me a long time to get there."

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You just keep on doing you, Brian Dunkleman.

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CORRECTION

Brian Dunkleman was an American Idol host. The headline of this post initially referred to him as a judge, which is not the case, although he did in a way pass judgment on the proceedings.

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