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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:23 AM

Seacrest seemed to behave well and do a good job as co-host. Mariah looked kind of scary,


Hehe, MrDucky calls her 'Mariah Scary."

I concur, Happy New Year to my new TWOP family. Thanks for having me!
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:34 AM

Yeah, we needed Dick out there trying, but the stroke really kicked his ass. I was with erik316wttn watching, and the three of us there all agreed it was just painful. And it's just this huge disconnect- his body is the same as it ever was, but it's like his brain realized 'Wait a minute. I'm 70-some years old here and I'm having the guy sound in his 40's?'

As for his performance, I noted him twice in the 30-second countdown get off of the official number- he called 20 seconds when there were 30 left, and then at about 10 he got two or three seconds ahead of everyone else. I don't hold it against him- he did the best he could- but maybe Dick can just be in a smaller role next year.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:50 AM

I was shocked at how he sounded, but he looked better than I thought he would.

I think it was brave of him to go out there. I've already read some awful things said about him and his appearance elsewhere and I think it's sad. I don't know if I could have gone on national TV knowing I wasn't what I used to be.

Good for him for getting out there.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 2:35 AM

It was nice seeing Dick Clark back on TV, but I also noticed during the final 10 that he was off by a few seconds.

And how blatantly is Mariah lipsyncing while freezing to death?


I don't think she was lip-syncing to all of it, was she? She had the backing track doing the chorus but I thought she was really doing the front track. But why couldn't she have worn a longer dress?
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 2:42 AM

I mean, did we really need to hear him bumpin' lips with his wife. Honest, hearing anyone kiss when they have a mike on is icky but this was especially...just nasty


Jeez, yeah. We were yelling "someone cut his mike!"

I was still kind of sad from hearing him skip numbers in the countdown though.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 2:58 AM

I was watching the whole thing on another network until it occured to me that Dick Clark has a tradition of doing this, so I switched over long enough to hear him slurring his words and everything. That was sad, and it reminded me of Muhammed Ali. I love both of them, and they were great at what they did, but there comes a time when they need to be retired, sadly to say.

But why couldn't she have worn a longer dress?

Becuase she has great legs, and why not show them off?

I switched back to NBC just in time to hear Wanda Sykes say “2005 was a disaster, and I’m glad it’s over”. Hee! And Word.

Edited by AVorlon, Jan 1, 2006 @ 3:00 AM.

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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 3:05 AM

Happy New Year to all of you.

It was good to see Dick is making progress and things should only get better. Heck yeah, Mariah was lip syncing thru the whole song, and not well .
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 3:16 AM

Yep, I'm glad Dick Clark was there. At first I was alarmed, but only because I forgot he had a stroke. And then it was like "oh, okay." He's mentally there, but yeah, his speech is slurred. So he sounds like half the drunks in Times Square now. Big deal. (Hey, that's what I first thought, that he was pickled.) Awesome of ABC to allow him to not let his stroke isolate him from what he loves doing. It's not a degenerative condition by any means, in fact the more you feel you can do, the more you will recover. It's not at all like Parkinson's, which Ali has, or even MS, which Richard Pryor had. It's an event that causes damage, but often a lot of the damage is reversible.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 4:03 AM

I tell you, the first time I heard Dick Clark speak, I nearly cried.


I teared up, but I blame the champagne. It was sooooooooo awful to hear him slurring his words and trying so hard. My Grandpa had a big stroke and it brought back a lot of memories. I think he should have sat this year out. It's not like he needed the paycheck. I'm going straight to hell for laughing at him, and I really don't need the extra push.

At least Dick has a stroke as an excuse, what's Hilary's? She was so trying to be Kylie it was pathetic.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 9:09 AM

I also teared up with memories of my grandpa's stroke listening to Dick Clark do the countdown. But nothing prepared me for Carson Daley. What happened to him? He looks like he was wrapped in saran wrap.It was like he couldn't breathe.

Edited by judybat16, Jan 1, 2006 @ 9:10 AM.

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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 10:45 AM

I also teared up when I first heard Dick talking. He's been a part of NYE for as long as I can rememebr. It was awfully brave of him to do the show this year and I am proud of the network and Dick for going for it.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 12:05 PM

I had an opposite reaction from most people who watched; I was pleasantly surprised. I was planning on avoiding this show because I was afraid I'd tear up if I saw Dick struggling through the broadcast, but I missed him so much I had to check him out. Yes, he slurred some words, his voice was weak, and he stumbled a little during the countdown. However, I thought he looked and sounded pretty good for someone who just suffered a stroke about a year ago. I've got to give him props for even doing the show; he could have easily sat out another year until he sounded better, and everyone would have understood. I didn't get a "he's about to keel over" vibe from him. In fact, I anticipate that not only will Dick be back for NYE 2006, but he will look and sound much stronger.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 12:47 PM

Awesome of ABC to allow him to not let his stroke isolate him from what he loves doing.

Here's what I imagine happened behind the scenes. ABC said, "Uh, Dick, are you sure you really, you know, want to go on the air in your, you know, condition these days?" And Dick replied, "Fuck you. I own the show, I have a contract with you that says you'll air the show, and you'll air it the way I say you'll air it. And that means with me on it. Get it?"

And I admire him greatly for it. I also imagine him saying, "You know what? Strokes are a reality. Impairment is a reality. Being stroke-impaired doesn't make a person a candidate for exile to a desert island. I'm going on the air as an example that you can have a stroke, be seriously impaired, and still be part of the human community. Looking at me slur my words isn't going to turn anybody to stone."

I could be wrong, and ABC could deserve more credit than I'm giving them. But that's the scenario that seems plausible to me. Kudos to you, Dick.

Edited by Milburn Stone, Jan 1, 2006 @ 3:30 PM.

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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:38 PM

I am so (&*@#_(&@ mad this morning I can barely type.

Here in Las Vegas, for years now we have gotten the Times Square segment on an even longer tape delay than usual, namely around 1 a.m. (The local ABC station carries the fireworks display on the Strip at midnight local time.)

Corporate Tool comes on at 10 as scheduled, billboarding Dick's return throughout the entire show.

Ninety minutes of local coverage.

At 12:30, here's DimBulb Duff.

I assumed that the station would show Dick's segment after the Duff segment, so I set the VCR to turn off a couple of hours later and sacked out.

This morning, I wound back the tape.

NO DICK CLARK. NO BALL DROP. NOT ONE SECOND. NADA. ZIP. The station went straight to some syndicated program after Duff signed off.

Thank God for my blood pressure medication.

I am very thankful that Dick (my first childhood TV crush, when I was 3!) was able to show up and, from most of the reports here, do reasonably well. Bless his heart--hope he keeps improving.

Am now off to start composing nasty letter to the ABC affiliate.

Edited by Annlindgk, Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:40 PM.

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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 1:54 PM

Yeah, the man hosting this show is kind of freaky-looking, almost cyborg-like, heavily processed and Botoxed to within an inch of his life, and really needs to give up this New Year's Eve gig.

But enough about Ryan Seacrest. Good for Dick Clark for coming back and doing what he's always done so well.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 2:33 PM

I was shocked when I heard Dick Clark speak. It was great to see him again, though.
It just made me very sad.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 2:46 PM

Am I the only person who finds Seacrest kinda cute?

My gosh, Mariah looked horrible last night. And the bad lip-synching? Girl, please.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 3:55 PM

I felt bad for Mariah. You could see the dancers' and rappers' breath onstage and she was singing in next to nothing.

As for his performance, I noted him twice in the 30-second countdown get off of the official number- he called 20 seconds when there were 30 left, and then at about 10 he got two or three seconds ahead of everyone else. I don't hold it against him- he did the best he could- but maybe Dick can just be in a smaller role next year.


I don't think that was his fault. The count has been off many times in the past. I just think there's rarely a sync between the monitor he's watching and the countdown on the screen below the ball in Times Square and the world time.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 4:14 PM

Dick Clark made me cry for the right reasons. Ryan Seacrest made me cry for the wrong reasons.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 5:01 PM

For myself, I watched the show to see how Dick was doing. I was surprised by how he sounded and, whether by nerves or by injury, he had a major disconnect in his speech for a word or two.

However, I admire his spirit for what he has managed to accomplish. The stroke was a mere thirteen months ago and he's just turned 75 - neither factor a positive when it comes from managing this big of a setback.

After I got over the surprise, I thought of how maybe this year, 2006, will be the year of greater focus on stroke rehabilitation. The media presence of Dick Clark was a major positive, along with the re-energizing of the career of Tedi Bruschi of the New England Patriots (who had a stroke a matter of a couple of weeks after the Super Bowl and came back on the field of play halfway through this season).

It shows that, through a lot of hard work - harder than most people realize - it can be done.

Kudos to Dick!
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 6:11 PM

I was also surprised by how Dick Clark sounded in New York, but we should congratulate him for at least being there, welcoming the New Year.

Aside from that, how did Mariah Carey avoid frostbite despite her choices of clothing? A skin-tight ski costume would have been a better idea.
As for the "taped" Hollywood part of the show with (ugh) Hillary Duff, I am convinced they taped the songs first, then the New Year's Eve partygoers pretending to dance to what was being sung. There were plenty of product placements, too, like changing Tab from a diet drink to a Red Bull-wannabe.
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Posted Jan 1, 2006 @ 10:55 PM

I hope there will be more focus on strokes, rehab, and stroke victims but sadly since it isn't one of those in your face, shock value stories, and doesn't have a lot of politics tied to it we won't hear much about it. There are many people who struggle daily with the effects of a stroke and they should all be commended but that doesn't sell tab rags.
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 2:08 AM

I was happy to see Dick Clark but, like many, I was a bit shocked at how he sounded. I don't know what I expected since the stroke was just a year or so ago. I suppose the fact that I hadn't heard him speak since the stroke is to blame. I am glad he was there, though. New Year's Eve isn't the same without him.
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 8:13 AM

I missed it - does anyone know where I can find a video clip of this?
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 10:08 AM

I was happy to see Dick Clark but, like many, I was a bit shocked at how he sounded.

That was my first response, of course, but that quickly changed once I realized that what he was really saying was "I'm here, I'm impaired, get used to it." And I loved him for that.
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 1:39 PM

Good heavens - Mariah's boob, just one boob, is bigger than Ryan's head. She could kill him with those things.


TOTALLY! When breasts enter the room 5 minutes before the person they are attached to does, there's something wrong...is she looking to add "porn star" to her resume? Sure seems like it. And the bodice of the dress she wore looked as complicated as a bridge, to hold those boobies up! (The white dress she was in after 12 midnight, with lots of criss-cross straps).

Edited by kcjones, Jan 2, 2006 @ 6:21 PM.

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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 1:58 PM

My question is who was kissing Dick Clark when the camera cut back to him the second after the ball dropped a woman was laying one on him! & the camera cut away real quick. Maybe his wife was there?
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 6:25 PM

He looks really good as said for someone who had a stroke last year and is 75 to boot...

Now he sounds like Kirk Douglas.
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 6:39 PM

The blonde was his wife.
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Posted Jan 2, 2006 @ 7:12 PM

Yes, Dick was kissing his wife. The same woman with the same "do" for upteen years.
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