He was the main host on season one of American Idol. Ryan Seacrest was the second banana. Dunkleman did not like the way the contestants were being treated on the show so he quit to pursue his own career and stand up comedy. HUGE SHOW BIZ BLUNDER ALERT!!!!!!!! This could of been the single biggest walk off in television history. We all know the end of this tale, Seacrest becomes a household name and successful beyond words and Dunkleman ended up on one of those celebrity take the weight off shows. He also appears with midgets on the Howard Stern radio show. A sad story for this young man and a lucky break for his co-host.