NEW YORK – ABC is turning its first New Years Eve without Dick Clark in four decades partly into a celebration of the showbiz impresarios life.
Clark, who did the first New Years Rockin Eve special on ABC in 1972, died at age 82 in April. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will be hosts of a two-hour tribute to Clark at 8 p.m. on New Years Eve.
ABC said Wednesday that Ryan Seacrest will host the countdown show from Times Square, with Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull among the musical guests. Seacrest hosted the past few years with Clark making short appearances. A stroke had diminished Clarks speaking ability.
Al Green, Helen Reddy and Three Dog Night performed at Clarks first New Years special.