Here’s hoping Dick Clark is well enough for his live hosting duties tonight on "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve." The show begins at 9 o’clock tonight on ABC. Mr. Clark is supposed to be seen shortly after a break for local news about 10:35.
Dick hasn’t been seen publicly since the stroke that took him out of the picture more than a year ago. The New York Times reports this morning that Paul Shefrin, his longtime spokesman, has been talking to reporters all week to promote the show, a job Mr. Clark usually handles himself. And that a promotional photograph of Clark with co-hosts, Ryan Seacrest and Hilary Duff, distributed by the network has been shown to have been digitally altered. An image of Clark from before his stroke was inserted into the frame.
"I don’t think he is 100 percent," Seacrest told Associated Press radio, "but he will not be in a wheelchair." Still, it doesn’t sound that good.