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Donald Trump may be out, but how about Ryan Seacrest for president? Or....

May 6, 2011 |  7:30 am

Buzzards are circling Donald Trump's presidential hopes. But while the Donald's chances have dimmed, there might be other reality show hosts who could conceivably throw their hat into the presidential ring and bring much-needed flash. So while we "fire" Trump, we look to other hosts who might  take up the torch.

 Typenn 1.Ty Pennington from ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover." The commander-In-chief should be both inspiring and energetic. Those qualities define the relentlessly upbeat Pennington, who is like the Energizer Bunny on steroids. He could tackle tough legislation, political opponents, wary diplomats, critical journalists, and still have enough stamina to help build an add-on to the White House. Another plus: While most  reality show hosts have only one trademark phrase, Pennington has two that he could adapt for the Oval Office. Instead of "Move that bus!" he could move his agenda forward with "Move that bill!" And imagine how he could conclude his presidential addresses: Instead of "God bless the United States of America," Ty could declare, "Well, I guess there's only one more thing to say. Welcome home, America. Welcome home."

 Tyra 2. Tyra Banks from the CW's "America's Next Top Model." Yes, we know whenever Tyra goes a bit out of her comfort zone — like singing, dancing or acting — it can be pretty painful to watch. But if she were the POTUS, we could count on her to always look good. People would show up to her speeches just to see her outfit. And unlike President Obama, who has been criticized at times for appearing too passive, Tyra is not afraid to push back when shoved. Just remember her angry salvo at observers who thought she looked fat in swimsuit pictures, "I have one thing to say to you: KISS MY FAT ...!"


Jeff 3. Jeff Probst from CBS' "Survivor": The athletic, handsome Probst has always displayed good humor, diplomacy and command in his "Survivor" duties. He can be stern without being abusive, like Trump. He carries himself with obvious authority, and players on the show listen to whatever he says. He's obviously well traveled. The thought of him saying "The voters have spoken" at the end of a close vote gives us chills.


Ryan 4. Ryan Seacrest from Fox's "American Idol." Those sharp-tongued verbal exchanges with former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell proved Seacrest is no pushover, an essential quality for the Head of State. Seacrest has another endearing quality that would be invaluable for a president: He makes everything look bright even when the world is crashing down. The contestants on "American Idol" who get eliminated on result shows may feel like their dream has ended when Seacrest lowers the boom. But then Seacrest performs his famous flip — he smiles, gives them an encouraging pat or hug, and the fallen singer somehow finds the strength to rally for one more shining moment.  However, his judgment is suspect: We must never forget that Seacrest has given the world a rash of TV shows featuring the Kardashians, so we'd have to always keep a body on him.

Julie1 5.Julie Chen from CBS' "Big Brother": First, she's married to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, so Chen knows all about what it is to have power. And fans of  "Big Brother" love how the houseguests blindly do whatever the unseen "Chenbot"  commands. Her unflappable, emotionless voice carries enough authority for them to know she is not to be disobeyed. Who couldn't love a president who can stay behind the scenes, carry ultimate authority and be totally stoic in the face of changing, unpredictable events?


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