'American Idol' farewell finale to feature Brian Dunkleman and William Hung
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/07/2016
American Idol's farewell finale on will include a couple of more surprises for viewers.
In addition to former American Idol winners, finalists and judges returning, the show's Season 15 finale on Thursday night will also feature the return of Brian Dunkleman and William Hung, according to TMZ.
Dunkleman co-hosted Idol's very first season in Summer 2002 with Ryan Seacrest but then quit. However, reports circulated at the time Fox executives were largely indifferent to the prospect of Dunkleman returning for Season 2.
"The truth is I really left the show to pursue an acting career. I wanted to be a performer and not someone who introduces other performers. It was my decision," Dunkleman told Inside Edition four years later in his first television interview after leaving the show.
"I'm not saying it was a good decision because, obviously with the success of the show, it's a difficult decision to think back on and think I did the right thing," added Dunkleman, who was working as a standup comedian at the time.
"To see that it's going to run for the next 30 years, obviously it's really tough not to second guess but I'm actually watching the show for the first time since Season Two."