HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Brian Dunkleman attends the 6th annual Toscar Awards at the Egyptian Theatre on February 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
The American Idol Star That Now Works As An Uber Driver
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Long-time viewers of "American Idol" will recall that Ryan Seacrest was not the only host of the show at one point. Seacrest had a co-host named Brian Dunkleman during the first season of the competition series, but he only stayed for one season, leaving in 2002.
He left for a variety of reasons, including a desire to pursue acting, a dislike for Seacrest, and dissatisfaction with how the show treated its participants. Unfortunately, after quitting the show, he never quite made it big, and he struggled to achieve the level of fame that he would have gotten if he had stayed on as host.
Dunkleman's personal life took a turn for the worst in 2016, when he and his then-wife Kalea filed for divorce. Dunkleman reportedly took up Uber driving because of the lengthy divorce procedures, claiming on Twitter, "I chose to stop doing stand up comedy and started driving an Uber so I could be there for my son as much as he needed after our life as we knew it was destroyed."
After a rough start in show business and a seemingly unfulfilled career, Dunkleman is getting back in the saddle. In 2019, he hosted "Family Feud Live: Celebrity Edition" and recently, he has taken to Patreon to help launch his new career as a stand-up comedian.