Has Ryan Seacrest Been Mispronouncing Kanye West’s Name?

by | January 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM | Ellen

Ryan Seacrest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (Photo: Michael Rozman)

Ryan Seacrest brought an important question to light on Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Have we been mispronouncing Kanye West’s name for all these years?

Seacrest, who executive produces “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its many spin-offs, told Ellen DeGeneres that he was having dinner with Kim Kardashian the other night when he was struck by the way she emphasized the “yay” in “Kanye.” “She even says it that way on the show,” he added. (He’s right about that. Take a look at her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” from Tuesday night for reference.)

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Hilariously, the “American Idol” host said he went back to listen to his old radio interviews with Kanye and even cross referenced his pronunciation with Ellen’s. The verdict? They — and by default everyone else — have been saying it wrong for years.

“Kan-yay?” a dubious-looking Ellen questioned. “Maybe she’s saying it wrong!”

Meanwhile, in other Ryan Seacrest famous friend hob-nobbing news, Ryan recalled attending Ellen and Portia de Rossi’s joint birthday party this past weekend. Apparently things got a little wild (that’s what happens when you mix vodka and tequila, Ryan) when his girlfriend Julianne Hough challenged Jennifer Aniston’s fiance Justin Theroux to a break dance-off. But things took a real turn for the weird when Ellen and Portia started to strip off Ryan’s clothes. “You looked fantastic but Portia decided to take your jacket off,” Ellen noted. “So the jacket came off and then I decided to take the shirt off and you let me get pretty far before you realized it was coming off.” Joked Seacrest, “We were going to third base and I said, ‘This is getting out of hand.’” So that’s how Ryan Seacrest lets loose…

Below, more highlights from Seacrest’s visit to “Ellen.”

Ryan admitted that he’s always worried about injuring himself around Julianne because of her athletic prowess. Case in point: this swan dive she recently did off the bow of a yacht: