Dick Clark's Death: Hollywood Reacts to Loss of Legendary Broadcaster

1:37 PM PST 04/18/2012 by THR Staff
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UPDATED: Ryan Seacrest, Joel McHale, David Boreanaz, Joan Rivers and industry types weighed in on Clark's death on Wednesday morning.

Dick Clark died Wednesday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 82.

The legendary TV producer and host of American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve was reportedly in Los Angeles' St. John's hospital after having an outpatient procedure performed Tuesday night.

Following the news of Clark's death, Anderson Cooper said on CNN of the broadcaster's ability to appear to be an everyman: "He could make it seem effortless."

Ryan Seacrest, who has anchored New Year's Rockin' Eve since 2006, wrote: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."

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"Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists," said The Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow. "Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever."

Jim Donio, president of music business association NARM, issued a statement calling it a "a very sad day." "The world has lost a brilliant entertainment business visionary, humanitarian, and a true gentleman," Donio said, "Dick was a long-time friend, supporter, and partner of NARM from the organization’s beginnings. He hosted many dinners and awards ceremonies through the years, notably the 30th and 40th anniversary events in 1988 and 1998, at which he received the NARMPresidential Award for Sustained Achievement."

The statement continued: "Personally, I had the great pleasure of working with him and his colleagues on developing and executingpromotional campaigns for the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. He approached each project with great creativity and enthusiasm and always had a particular appreciation and respect for the music retail community. As a native Philadelphian, I also have fond memories of Dick hosting the Bandstand program and of watching my sister dancing on the show. On behalf of NARM’s members, I extend my deepest sympathies to Dick’s entire family, his friends and his business associates. He was one of a kind.”

Other Hollywood and industry types weighed in on the legendary broadcaster's death:

John Branca, John McClain, Co-Executors, The Estate of Michael Jackson: Dick Clark was one of the world’s greatest showman and one of pop music’s most influential ambassadors.  He made music history many times over.  Bandstand brought black entertainers and their music into living rooms across America for the first time, and in Atlanta in 1958, he put on one of the first racially integrated pop music concerts, while the National Guard looked on.  Michael and Dick had a very special relationship, and we think of him fondly and with gratitude. 

Joel McHale: "He was a legend. I worked for him once and it was an insanely pleasant experience. He obviously was one of the pioneers of American music by finding some of the best bands around and American Bandstand was a place that some of the greatest bands of all time got seen on and were made popular from. Personally, everyone really loved that guy and that's how you do it. If you're a good person, it makes a whole heck of a difference in people's lives when you work for someone. It is a very sad passing."

L.A. Reid: Dick Clark's profound contributions to music, television and popular culture will reverberate throughout time. R.I.P. Mr. American Bandstand

Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon Jackson: The passing of Dick Clark is a profound loss, not only for those who had the great fortune of knowing him, but for our culture as a whole. Dick was a true innovator: Not only did he create a beloved platform that allowed numerous, gifted artists to break through-- he single-handedly redefined popular culture. His legacy will endure, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

Kenny Rogers: “I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80’s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone–especially by those who knew him well.”

David Boreanaz: R.I.P. Dick Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same.

Joan Rivers: Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!

Seth Green: So saddened by Dick Clark's passing- an innovator, a legend, a man who believed in the greatness of humans. #ThankYou

Patrick Wilson: R.I.P. Dick Clark. Amazing career... My condolences to his family

Snoop Dogg: REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir

Kristin Chenoweth: RIP DICK CLARK

Patton Oswalt: "I finally get to apologize to GG Allin for never having him on Bandstand." -- Dick Clark's last words. #rip

Shawn Ryan: Hope Dick Clark's somewhere spinning a hip new single for the kids and ringing in the new year.

Weird Al Yankovic: Such sad news. RIP Dick Clark. http://twitpic.com/9bd5uf

Kings of Leon's Jared Followill: R.I.P. Dick Clark? Say it ain't so...

Bravo's Andy Cohen: RIP Dick Clark! The broadcasting legend will remain a teenager in our memory forever. #Bandstand

Community's Yvette Nicole Brown: Heartbroken :( #NothingElseToSay

NBC News' Chuck Todd: Am still amazed that Dick Clark was only 82... What a career; Of course, he looked 49 for 25 years

Bonnie Somerville: R.I.P Dick Clark. An American Legend and an Entertainer to the Highest Degree. Thank You for all the years of Music!

Paramore's Hayley Williams: RIP Dick Clark. Will think of you every NYE.

Debbie Gibson: Just heard about Dick Clark. Oh man.... So sad :-(

Jenny McCarthy: RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo

Loni Love: Dick Clark 1929-2012 Thanks for helping black artists to get the exposure they needed so we could ALL enjoy their music!

Scandal's Joshua Malina: R.I.P. Dick Clark.

Revenge's Gabriel Mann: RIP Dick Clark thx for music #AmericanBandstand

CNN's Don Lemon: Dick Clark invented 'ageless' & American Bandstand is timeless. First Don Corneilus, now Dick at 82.

Singer Connie Francis: I considered Dick to be my dearest friend in this business, a friendship that has endured since 1958. He was there for every crisis of my life and there were many. Without Dick Clark there would have been no career because I was ready to abandon it.  Dick was the most principled man I ever met in this business and treated everyone the same way, even if you were the little guy.

Music Exec Mike Curb: “I had the opportunity to work with Dick Clark for 50 years, beginning when I wrote the theme for American Bandstand.  He has clearly been the most important figure during my lifetime in the industry.”

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