Is Ryan Seacrest the Right Man to Replace Dick Clark?

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I was asked that very question by ABC news for this piece examining who can continue Clark's tradition, and here's what I said:

"Ryan's name comes up a lot whenever they're fishing around for someone to carry on someone else's legacy. (Think Regis and Matt Lauer.)

"In this case, Dick was obviously helping pave the way for Ryan's ascendance--and now Ryan can probably do the New Year's countdown alone--but there was something about Dick Clark's persona that is completely irreplaceable.

"He was there, in the early days of the rock/pop explosion, and gave it a venue for the masses. He did that before social networking, reality TV, and other easy means of attention grabbing. That's an achievement that will linger long after the glow of the American Idol competition fades."

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Mike McGuire
Mike McGuire

No! Seacrest is a made up celebrity. It should be Regis!

VonD
VonD

Ryan? No.

Prince
Prince

wasn't Ryan supposed to be the new Merv Griffin?  We know ol' pervy Merv was quite fond of young Ryan, and they took private meeting, trips, and other personal business that many called also called grooming.

candy
candy

not only is Ryan responsible for Kardashians, he also is responsible for Shahs of Sunset..Who would be the host of New years Eve? Cant think of 1 person

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

The way my web browser shows your headline is:"Is Ryan Seacrest The Right Man To Replace Dick"

I'm sure many men will testify something to that effect about Mr. Seacrest.

Troofire
Troofire

In forty years, people will be saying the same things you said about Dick about Ryan.  Like Cineass says, he's what we deserve.

Honks
Honks

not a fan of Seacrest. Ruined the E! channel with his Kardashian franchise...and he doesn't own American Idol...how he went from host to titan is beyond me

Seamus75
Seamus75

Long after the glow of American Idol and long after the virus that is Kardashian reality programming. There is no comparison.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Ryan Seacrest isn't the right man for ANYTHING.

No matter how they keep jamming him down our throats, so to speak.

Puque
Puque

So Ryan's basically the new Dick?

Cineass
Cineass

Great quote! I agree that Ryan can't hold a candle to Dick's legacy, but he's the icon we deserve.

Minx
Minx

He's the new Merv the Perv? So does he eat chocolate bars out of guy's assholes?

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