Ryan Seacrest has signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Prods to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which airs on ABC on New Year’s Eve. Seacrest first joined New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in December 2005 as co-host alongside Dick Clark. Following Clark’s passing last year, Seacrest became the sole emcee of the show, which drew 22.6 million viewers and featured a two-hour tribute to the original host. “Ryan has been a key factor in the extended and expanded success of the show,” said Dick Clark Prods CEO Allen Shapiro. “It’s very difficult to take over a franchise created by an icon and grow it. Ryan has done just that.” Seacrest and Shapiro executive produce the special, while Larry Klein serves as producer. “I think I will forever be both sentimental and grateful about my experiences with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” said Seacrest. “Allen and the DCP team, as well as everyone at ABC, are my valued partners in carrying Dick’s vision forward.”
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