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Seacrest in! Extends deal to host 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Ryan Seacrest has signed a multi-year deal to continue to host and executive produce Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

The wunderkind of all things hosting has been involved with the New Year’s program since 2005 and became the sole host for the first time last year, after Dick Clark’s passing in April 2012. The 2013 broadcast was the most-watched New Year’s special ever, bringing in 22.6 million viewers.

Dick Clark Production announced the multi-year deal today, though they did not elaborate on exactly how many years that would span. The show’s lengthy (and apostrophe-filled) title seems likely to stay the same as a tribute to its original host. The show will continue to be broadcast on Dec. 31 on ABC.

In the announcement of his extended deal, Seacrest said, “I think I will forever be both sentimental and grateful about my experiences with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Of his fellow executive producer, Allen Shapiro, and the Dick Clark Productions team, he said, “I’m humbled by their continued faith, and excited to work together to create new traditions and fun moments on the show that only live television can deliver.”

A look back on Dick Clark's best New Year's Eve moments -- VIDEOS

In honor of the amazing life and career and Dick Clark, this year ABC will air a two-hour countdown of the late “New Years Rockin’ Eve” host’s greatest moments, to be hosted by Fergie in Los Angeles and Jenny McCarthy in Times Square. The special (Dec. 31 from 8-10 p.m. ET) will celebrate clips from American Bandstand as well as many of Clark’s memorable New Year’s Eve countdowns. At 10 ET, Ryan Seacrest will join the hosts for a special appearance in honor of Clark.

We’ve got two exclusive clips from the pre-Seacrest two-hour special, below… READ FULL STORY

Investment firm picks up Dick Clark Productions

Dick Clark Productions, which produces TV programs including New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Golden Globe Awards, is being sold to a group including investment firm Guggenheim Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Selling Dick Clark Productions is private equity firm RedZone Capital Management, owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. RedZone bought the company in 2007 for $175 million.

Along with Guggenheim, other buyers include Mandalay Entertainment, whose CEO Peter Guber is a film producer and also co-owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, and Mosaic Media Investment Partners. Mosaic was part of a consortium that took Dick Clark Productions private in 2002. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Seacrest on Dick Clark: 'I'll always be indebted to him'

The man who hosts every show in America has paid tribute to the host Americans grew up watching.

Ryan Seacrest has released a statement on the passing of legendary personality Dick Clark, who died today after suffering a heart attack at age 82. Seacrest took over the heavy lifting on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 2006 and the show was renamed in 2009 to reflect Seacrest’s bigger role.

Seacrest’s full statement is below:

“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.”

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Dick Clark dies at 82
Celebrities tweet tributes to the late Dick Clark

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