Seacrest on First 'Rockin' Eve' Without Dick Clark

New host of long-running New Year's Eve show discusses TV legend's absence.
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Transcript for Seacrest on First 'Rockin' Eve' Without Dick Clark
at nick watt. We're less than 12 hours away from the big celebration in times square. It's dick clark's rockin' eve with ryan seacrest. Good to be here again. We've signed of set up shop here. What do you have coming up tonight? It's countdown into a new year. We have live performances from taylor swift. We also have gangnam style. Psy will be out there. For me, that's every morning. Are you doing it? He's tried to get me to do it. I have seen tape back. I suck at it. I feel like I'm good. Is this an opportunity to do it again? Get some tips? No, think what I'm going to do is say, ladies and gentlemen, psy. You make it look so easy every year. A lot of prep goes into this, right? Yeah. I mean this is one of those amazing events that even when you stand there, anybody who has been in times square knoon new year's eve knows wha it's like. It's an incredible, peaceful moment of unity. I almost forget I'm on television. DOES jenny McCarthy forget she's on tv as well? She'll be in times square rolling around as well. She provides spontaneity. Getting to first base for some of the people. She likes a good makeout session. Show up for that. A special tribute to dick clark. Is there something about having worked with him and watched him over the years that you now have adopted into your own hosting, anchoring, et cetera? He always tried to -- when we spoke, how do I do it? How can I be as good as you are? Knowing that I would never get to that point. But he, the advice he always gave me was to make it seem as comfortable as possible. You know, if you're comfortable on camera, those watching will be comfortable as well. Even if uncomfortable moments, if you can be comfortable, that makes for a good host. He must have had the best stories. You look at the history. Some of the clips you'll see on the show. But he was really instrumental in breaking so many artists over so many years. It was a different world. You would go on "bandstand." This would be the massive big break. He'll never be forgotten for What does seacrest do after new year's? You do if shthe show, everyone's watching. What does seacrest do? Who is that guy? Should we talk first person. Abrams asks seacrest. I'll put on some underoos. I'm starving. I have not had my glass of champagne. I'll probably have a burger. And we celebrate until 3:15 where I fall asleep. The 2013 breakout performer. Any sense of who that might be? You know, this past year, we saw the infusion of massive boy bands and, you know, the popularity with those types of artists. I met this gentleman the other day, this young guy the other day, ed sheerin. He has a hit record out there. He has "a" team out there now. I think we'll sea and hear big things from him to come. Get some rest. I'll be sitting at home watching you tonight. Please watch us. We're throwing you the party. You don't have to go anywhere. There is where I tell them to see it nick clark's new year's rockin' ever 2013. Starting at 8:00 p.M. Eastern. Good to see you.

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