09:11 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 12/31/2012 12:00PM
For Jenny McCarthy, New Year's Eve has become a parallel universe. It's the one night of the year when everyone else is crazy, and she's not.
"I'm excited," says McCarthy, 40, about co-hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC. "I have more fun doing live TV than anything, I think because it's hard to censor. And I like that! So it's a little more off the cuff, and you never know what's going to happen."
That's an understatement. The show will run five hours again this year – it used to be just two and half – and McCarthy knows that's a lot of time for the hordes in Times Square to do unexpected things.
Originally posted 12/30/2012 02:45PM
This New Year's Eve will be just like any other for Kathy and Louie Novoa, except without their dear friend Dick Clark, who passed away in April.
The pair met on American Bandstand and have since taken part in every one of his New Year's Rockin' Eves since they began on the Queen Mary in 1972.
"To be there from the very first one he did and to still be a part of it, I think, wow, I can't believe it," Louie tells PEOPLE. "I still have the original invitation to the very first one."
Originally posted 04/18/2012 06:00PM
Across the Twitterverse, celebrities expressed their sorrow at the passing of Dick Clark, the television icon who was dubbed "America's Oldest Teenager" and welcomed generations to a new beginning every New Year's Eve.
Responses ranged from the mournful to those that joyfully praised Clark's legacy. But many simply recalled him as a legend.
"Just heard the news [about] Dick Clark," Tweeted Mario Lopez. "It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend."
Originally posted 04/18/2012 04:50PM
Two years after a stroke left Dick Clark partially paralyzed with slurred speech, Ryan Seacrest of American Idol stepped in as host of the iconic Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC.
On Wednesday, after Clark died of a massive heart attack at age 82, Seacrest remembered his friend and mentor.
"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 six years.
Originally posted 04/18/2012 03:55PM
Dick Clark, the producer and television personality known as "America's Oldest Teenager" for his perennially youthful looks and enthusiasm, has died at age 82.
Clark suffered a "massive heart attack" on Wednesday morning, his rep says in a statement, after he entered St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., for an outpatient procedure on Tuesday night.
"Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy," the statement continues.
Clark, a diabetic, had suffered a stroke in 2004 but continued in recent years to appear on his New Year's Eve special from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest hosting.
Originally posted 09/08/2011 09:00AM
She's done the dressed-like-a-guy thing. She's done the egg thing. She's even done the no-makeup thing.
But she hasn't done the Times Square ball-dropping thing – until now.
Getting a (very) early jump on its New Year's plans, ABC announced that Lady Gaga will perform in Times Square on the 40th anniversary version of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012.
Rockin' Eve will also feature performances from the West Coast, with Fergie once again hosting in Los Angeles.
Originally posted 12/06/2010 07:00AM
It may be on past her bedtime, but that's not going to stop Hollywood prodigy Willow Smith from whipping her hair at Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve bash.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve has revealed its top guests to PEOPLE, and they include La Roux, Ne-Yo and Natasha Bedingfield, in addition to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 10-year-old daughter.
Millions tune in every year to watch the iconic ball drop. Clark, 81, has served as producer and host of the ABC broadcast nearly every New Year's Eve since 1972.
– Sara Hammel
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