Ryan Seacrest has just issued a statement on the passing of Dick Clark, the man whom he took over hosting duties of "New Years Rocking Eve" in 2006.
Here is Ryan's full statement:
“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.” - Ryan Seacrest.
Here is one of Michael Jackson's first interviews on "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark. It was with his brothers, the Jackson 5.
Gotta love how MJ just took Dick's microphone and made it his. Dick was being playful with Michael. Interesting that Michael said he is not shy.
Dick Clark passed away this morning at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack.-DocFB
Dick Clark said when he was alive, the hardest interview he ever had was interviewing Prince. Before Clark even met Prince, he was impressed and shocked.
The story of folklore was that Prince was going to make the interview hard on Clark, even though it was Prince's first ever interview. The first question out of Dick's mouth was "How did you learn how to do this in Minneapolis?" and exactly how do you answer that?
Prince stated he was 19, which was a label thing even though he was 21 at the time. Prince kind of made a face when saying 19 as well. Prince was very shy and modest now as he was then.
At that time, people did everything they could to appease Clark in interviews, and here was this kid from Minneapolis saying "nah, we are not gonna do it like that" and it worked.
Clark was a huge fan of Prince's. At the 1985 American Music Awards, the night belonged to Prince. Clark made sure to be present at every rehearsal that Prince had for his performance for "Purple Rain" and when he felt Prince seemed perplexed about how to enter for his performance, Clark suggested Prince be on stage and they would just have barrier rise up to show him along with the band.
Keep in mind, this was Prince's first ever award show appearance and his attention to detail in everything he did was something that Clark saw, appreciated, and admired.
"This kid had the look, the determination, and the talent to be a star. Was he difficult? Yes, but when you saw him perform, you knew it was all worth it," Clark stated in a tribute to Prince in 1998.
Prince received 2 American Music Awards of Merit, one in 1990, and the other in 1995, thanking Dick Clark numerous times during his acceptance speech.
When you were on American Bandstand, you knew you made it. Dick's vision as host and producer was able to survive competition from MTV in the 80's to still be a staple of Americana until the show went off the air in 1989.
Dick Clark died at the age of 82 today from a massive heart attack.-DocFB
Here is Madonna's first interview on "American Bandstand" with the late Dick Clark.
This is where Madonna's famous quote "To rule the world" came from.
With the help of Dick Clark and "American Bandstand" she did just that.-DocFB
Dick Clark passed away this morning from a massive heart attack at the age of 82-DocFB
New Years Eve will never be the same. Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, has died of a heart attack at the age of 82.
Paul Shefrin, Clark's spokesman, broke the story of his passing, stating that Clark had a massive heart attack this morning. He died at St. John's hospital here in Los Angeles, where he was having outpatient surgery last night.
Clark was a diabetic type 2, which helped contribute to the stroke in 2004.
Clark had a massive stroke in 2004 but continued to host "New Years Rocking Eve" adding Ryan Seacrest on as co-host. "Eve" was created in 1972.
Along with "Eve", Dick Clark created and hosted American Bandstand, the pop equivalent to "Soul Train" where such artists as Madonna and Prince made their Television debuts. He also was behind the Golden Globes and produced several other shows including The American Music Awards.
Dick Clark will be missed and remembered for what he did for the music world. It is quite sad to me that we lost Clark and Don Cornelius in the same year.-DocFB
Diagnosis: We are going hopping.....
It was a like a Prince from 1979 took the stage on X-Factor last night...except that Prince can actually do all that and sing well.
Siameze Floyd performed on X-Factor last night and claimed he was original. Although when Simon said "You are obviously a fan of Prince." Siameze admitted he was a big fan.
From the splits to the hair to energy, it was Prince. He was happy to be compared to him. Sigh. Sia, is it ok that I call you Sia? You, my friend, are NOT Prince. You are amusing but still not Prince. Paula letting him pass? Seriously? I can understand Cheryl Cole and L.A. Reid was not impressed.
Thanks for making us laugh and good luck on X-Factor...and your future career of being the lead singer in a Prince cover band.
Check out the wannabe Prince above and a classic clip from Prince 1980 below-DocFB
P.S. we really need good footage of stuff like the Bandstand appearance. Good visuals, sound that stays in sync. Have it....I don't know...like on an official site, Prince. I got the time....but you got the ride.
Diagnosis: The One & Only.......
Actress Jaime Pressly and lawyer Simran Singh to married in Malibu this weekend at Dick Clark's Estate.
Her 2 year old from a previous relationship served as ring bearer. I want to send congrats to Jaime Pressly & Simran Singh. I heard Jaime was so happy she peed. Hopefully it wasn't on the sidewalk outside of a popular gay hangout.-Dr.FB