Dick Clark Rings In The New Year For The 40th Time on ABC

For 40 years celebrating the New Year in the United states has meant tuning in to “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve.”
To celebrate Clark’s 40 year milestone, ABC has gathered some of Clark’s most memorable moments on the show for a look back special which will air prior to this year’s broadcast.
Though television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest took over hosting duties for the event in 2005, Dick Clark has still made an appearance on the show every year with one exception. In 2004 he had a stroke and was still recovering when it was time for the ball to drop. That year Regis Philbin took over hosting duties. Seacrest officiated for the first time the following year.
Clark did manage to make an appearance that year, calling the experience one of his most memorable New Year’s Eves.
Other than that single incident, New Year’s Eve has belonged to Dick Clark for four decades. The New York Times asked Mark Shapiro, chief executive of Dick Clark Productions, if the on-air retrospective meant this would be Clark’s last year presiding over the festivities.
“That’s a great question,” Shapiro replied, “and the only one that knows that answer is Dick himself.”
Clark later answered the same question via email, writing “I hope not.”
Certainly his fans, many of whom have never known a New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark, hope not as well.