ABCTonight, as the world looks to New York City's ***** Square, the ball drops and we say goodbye to 2012, something will be missing: **** Clark. The TV icon **** this past April, but his creation, ABC's **** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, goes on.
ABC will remember Clark throughout the evening, starting at 8 p.m. ET with a two-hour special that will focus on the many highlights of his career. New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates **** Clark will include a bevy of archival performance clips from American Bandstand, the legendary pop-music showcase the music luminary hosted and produced for decades.
Among the many stars featured on the special will be ABBA, The Beach Boys, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, The Doors, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas, The Miracles, Sonny & Cher, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer and The Supremes. The program will be co-hosted by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and comic actress Jenny McCarthy, who also will help **** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve host Ryan Seacrest ring in 2013.
The primetime segment of the latest edition of **** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve then will officially kick off at 10 p.m. ET. Seacrest, who's been co-hosting the show since 2005, says it will definitely be a challenge for him to do the honors for the first time without Clark, especially since he's never actually counted down to the New Year alone.
"I haven't really thought about what it's going to be like in that moment because I've never done it myself," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've never done the actual countdown...It's always, you know...toss it to 'The Man' to do it." He says ******** down to the ball drop himself for the first time will be "surreal" and "emotional," adding, "Even though we'll be celebrating, in my mind, I know that, personally, I miss my friend being here."
Seacrest adds, "[****] started this 40 years ago with just one camera and one light and one microphone, and now it's turned into a big celebration, and so we'll look back, we'll reflect, and then we'll celebrate the new year."
As for what Clark would think of this year's show, Seacrest tells ABC News Radio, "I know he will be watching us from somewhere, making sure that we get it right. You can be certain about that." The **** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast is scheduled to air 'til just after 2 a.m. ET.
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