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Ryan Seacrest idolized Dick Clark, so tonight’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will be difficult for the entertainment mogul. It is the first since Clark’s passing this year and Seacrest recently talked about what it will be like without him.
“Surreal is probably the most appropriate word,” he told Good Morning America on Friday, reports Just Jared. “You think back forty years ago he started the tradition… I not only watched him, I used to watch him and study how he hosted these shows.”
Seacrest called Clark his “guidance counselor,” noting, “He’d always make you feel like you were his good friend. He was like that in person as well.”
Seacrest also spoke with The Associated Press about what it will be like without Clark. “I'd like to say I can imagine how it's going to feel, but I'm not quite sure,” he said. “I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him.”
ABC will air a two-hour tribute to Clark before going live to Times Square at 10 p.m. tonight. When he goes live, Seacrest will make sure he pays tribute to his mentor.
“I definitely will say something about him, and it will be from the heart,” he told the AP. “But the night will be, as he would want, a celebration of what's to come: Dick was always one to say, 'The show must go on.'”
Seacrest made another appearance on GMA this morning, talking about Clark and the chances that we’ll see him dance to “Gangnam Style” tonight.