Ryan Seacrest is gearing up for quite a night tonight. It will be his first year hosting ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve‘ on ABC without the guy who started the show: Dick Clark. So what will it be like for Ryan?
“Surreal is probably the most appropriate word. You think back 40 years ago he started the tradition . . . I not only watched him, I used to watch him and study how he hosted these shows.”
I’ve been watching Dick Clark on NYE ever since I can remember. I’m not 40 years old, so this started before I was even born! Ryan said they will have a tribute to the icon. Ryan said of his mentor:
“[Dick Clark] was kind of like my guidance counselor. He’d always make you feel like you were his good friend. He was like that in person as well.”
Fergie will be co-hosting from LA while Jenny McCarthy will be with Ryan in Times Square. This will be a bittersweet NYE.
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