Ryan Seacrest Opens 'Idol' With Dick Clark Tribute
Ryan Seacrest Opens 'Idol' With Dick Clark Tribute

'Without Dick, a show like this would not exist,' the host said of his mentor.

Wednesday night's performance show of "American Idol" opened on a somber note, as Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to his own idol.

Seacrest, who has hosted "Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve" alongside Clark since 2006, gave a touching eulogy to his mentor, while providing a gentle reminder that the show must go on.

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"We can't begin tonight's show without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer and my dear friend, Dick Clark," Seacrest said of Clark, who died of a massive heart attack at the age of 82.

"Without Dick, a show like this would not exist," said the host. "He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family. I know that he is in a better place saying, 'hey, let's get on with the show.' You got it boss."