By James Hibberd and Natalie Abrams
May 11, 2015 at 04:46 PM EDT
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Responding to the news that Fox’s American Idol will end next year, the show’s longtime host Ryan Seacrest just released a statement that was truly touching, deeply passionate and surprisingly personal.

Just kidding: It totally reads like it was written by a publicity team operated by androids.

But still! Seacrest might truly mean every word of it:

American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it’s frankly hard to imagine it without it. It’s been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It’s a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.

All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years. I’m so glad they’re going to give us a season-long send off. The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I’m looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favorite part — two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!”

For more on Idol‘s big send-off, here’s Fox’s executive team explaining why they’re ending the series after 15 seasons