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Is Julianne Hough Playing Ryan Seacrest’s New Beard?

In 2006 we all watched, uncomfortably, as Ryan Seacrest made out with Teri Hatcher on the beach in the most obvious of planned paparazzi stunts. The romance ended (Teri says Ryan called it off), and a good portion of Americans were fooled into thinking Ryan had a thing for the ladies. Enter Julianne Hough, the Dancing With the Stars performer who’s “gotten more serious” with the Idol host.

“The American Idol host and the former Dancing With the Stars pro have tried to keep things quiet, but In recent weeks, they’ve been spotted getting cozy all over Los Angeles,” reads the prototypical publicist plant in People. “On June 13, the couple walked on the beach in Malibu with their arms around each other. Three days later, they dined at intimate new L.A. hotspot Red O restaurant, where a diner says Seacrest, 35, ‘was very attentive.’ [Ed: That means he made eye contact.] And Sunday, Hough, 21, accompanied the American Idol host on another outing in Malibu, where the two shopped at Alice + Olivia.”

Jesus. A shopping date? That’s supposed to convince us Ryan is really into her? The ratings on this program are going to bomb.

[photo: Bauer Griffin]