The American Idol Finale was a star studded event with appearances from previous Idol contestants and judges, like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarksos, Simon Cowell and even William Hung. But, the best AI comeback of the night was, hands down, Ryan Seacrest's ex co-host , Brian Dunkleman.

A small part of my heart broke the day I found out "The Dunk" wasn't returning to American Idol -- If I'm being honest, I liked Brian way more than Ryan, just sayin'.

But, just because Dunkleman parted ways with Idol it doesn't mean that he's been sitting home pouting for the past 14 seasons. He's a successful comedian, a father, and still a super cool dude. I had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago and I nearly pee'd my pants with excitement, I mean, he's freaking Brian Dunkleman!

The Dunk took the stage with Ryan Seacrest to help open the show and crack a few jokes about Ryan being out of the job after the finale. " I just wanted to stop by and congratulate the show on struggling along for another 14 seasons without me", Brian added before the show kicked off.

Way to make American Idol great again, Dunkleman.

[via, American Idol]