Talk about making an entrance — or not. When Ryan Seacrest arrived to Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday bash in Miami, he was denied entry, and he took to the Thursday, July 25, episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan to explain what went down.

“She sent me an invitation and I was like, ‘Wow, I got a direct invitation’ … but the catch was, it was in Miami. So I committed, but I didn’t read the small print,” the 44-year-old said, adding that he was in New York at the time and had to return the following morning after the party. However, he was keen on attending and being there for his long-time friend’s big day. “I’ve known her for a long time. I’m going, I’m getting down there; I’m getting back in time and I’m gonna be there because I got the personal invite,” he continued.

Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest
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Ryan was stoked once he arrived, but things started to go differently than planned. “I get to the front … proud, beaming, smiling,” he explained. “And [the guy] has a list and I see there are a bunch of Ryans … and he says, ‘Well, you’re not on the list.'”

You would think being famous would exempt these kind of mixups from happening, but obviously, that was not the case. “This is a true story,” he added. “So I say, ‘Clearly, there must be a mistake … she invited me personally. Can I see the list?’ Well, sure enough, there’s Ryan T. and Ryan Z., there’s no Ryan Seacrest.”

Ryan ended up having to wait a while until the person in charge made a phone call. Then, finally, he was inside, and he was “the first person there.” For the duration of the time he was there though, the American Idol host worried about leaving in the middle of the party so he could make it back in time to catch his flight. However, he was able to enjoy most of the highlights, including a romantic speech Jennifer’s beau, Alex Rodriguez, made. “I think, ‘I actually got to stay for the party’ … then I realize, because of our job, we miss all the fun,” he said. “I thought the party was over after the protein on the plate … but apparently they turned it up after [I] left.”

Better luck next time!