Dick Clark plans to watch the New Year’s Eve television broadcast that bears his name from the hospital bed where he is recovering from a stroke.
“Even though I won’t be in New York this year, I will be watching ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ on TV and there’s one tradition I intend to maintain,” Clark says in a statement. “As I always have in the past, at midnight I plan on kissing my wife Kari and wishing her a happy new year.”
The 75-year-old television icon suffered what was described as a mild stroke and has been hospitalized since Dec. 6. Regis Philbin will fill in tomorrow (Dec. 31) for America’s oldest teenager on ABC-TV’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005.”
Clark has been “doing some rehab,” according to his spokesperson, who would give no details about the impact of the stroke or discuss whether there was paralysis or impaired speech, as reported in some tabloids.
The spokesperson insisted that there is no cause for alarm and said doctors are thrilled with Clark’s progress. For privacy reasons, the name of the hospital has been withheld.
Clark’s wife and children have been visiting the entertainer at the hospital and there has been a huge outpouring of support from friends and fans, the spokesperson said.
Clark, who went from hosting “American Bandstand,” “Bloopers” and game shows to producing such ceremonies as the American Music Awards and Golden Globe Awards, has been a television New Year’s Eve tradition for 32 years with his shows originating from Times Square.
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