'American Idol' Plans Dick Clark Tribute for Thursday Night

Tim Kenneally
The WrapApril 19, 2012
'American Idol' Plans Dick Clark Tribute for Thursday Night

Dick Clark may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten -- especially by Ryan Seacrest.

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest -- who took over hosting duties on "New Year's Rockin' Eve" from Clark after the latter's 2004 stroke -- revealed via Twitter on Thursday that "Idol" will honor Clark on tonight's episode.

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"We're putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight...just talked to @dizzyfeet," Seacrest tweeted, referring to the Twitter handle of "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Clark, the famed host of "American Bandstand," died Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 82.

Following Clark's death, Seacrest tweeted, "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."

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During Wednesday night's "Idol," Seacrest paid further tribute to Clark, starting the episode by noting, "Without Dick, a show like this would not exist. He will be missed greatly and our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family ... I know that he's in a better place, saying, ‘Hey, let's get on with the show, OK?' You got it, boss.”

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