'Idol' host Ryan Seacrest to succeed Dick Clark as New Year's star
UPI News Service, 08/15/2005
Music and TV mogul Dick Clark will eventually pass his "Rockin' Eve" mantle to Ryan Seacrest, but don't count out the legendary host just yet.
Seacrest -- best known as Fox TV's "American Idol" host -- will join Clark as executive producer and host of the 34th "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC, Clark announced in a news release Monday. Seacrest has signed a multiyear contract with ABC, which will make him sole host of the annual special from New York's Times Square when Clark retires.
Clark had a stroke and missed last year's festivities, but he said in the release he will be back to usher in 2006.