I would never have bet that he could read.

Fox: ‘Idol’ Host Given Faulty Numbers
LOS ANGELES – Turns out “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest can read.
On the Fox talent-search show’s finale Wednesday, Seacrest twice announced incorrect numbers in describing how close the final vote was between winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken.
“It wasn’t his fault,” Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Friday. The first incorrect figure √≥ 13,000 √≥ was displayed on the TelePrompTer; the second √≥ 1,300 √≥ was written on a card given Seacrest.
The actual spread between the two contestants, out of nearly 24 million votes counted, was about 130,000, according to the network.
Grogin did not detail how Seacrest was given wrong information or by whom.