(CBS News) Ryan Seacrest became the co-host in "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" in 2006, after Clark suffered from a stroke and was unable to do the show alone. The two rang in the new year this year, for what would be Clark's last appearance on the program. He died April 18, 2012.
Seacrest released a statement about Clark's passing:
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006 , it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him."
In addition, the TV personality tweeted, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."
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