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Clark Plans to Watch New Year’s Ball Drop From Bed

Clark Plans to Watch New Year's Ball Drop From Bed

Dick Clark will be watching his New Year’s Eve show from a hospital bed, where he has been recovering from a stroke, according to the Associated Press.
Regis Philbin will fill in for him on ABC-TV’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005” on Friday.
The long-time radio and TV star, now 75, suffered a mild stroke and has been hospitalized since Dec. 6. He has hosted the ball drop in the Big Apple in Times Square for 32 years.
While Clark has been “doing some rehab,” his publicist Paul Shefrin would not give details as to the impact of the stroke. “He’s still in the hospital and there’s nothing definite on when he will be released,” he told AP.
Shefrin said there is no cause for alarm, and that doctors are “thrilled” with Clark’s progress.
Clark maintains that he will keep one particular tradition.
“As I always have in the past, at midnight I plan on kissing my wife Kari and wishing her a happy new year,” he was quoted as saying.