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‘Rockin’ Eve 2005′ to Be Hosted by Philbin

Dec 13, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Regis Philbin will fill in as host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005,” which will air on ABC-TV beginning at 10 p.m. (ET) Dec. 31, a spokesman for Mr. Clark said Monday. Mr. Clark is recovering from a stroke.

Ashlee Simpson will host West Coast portions of the show.

“It’s the greatest ‘temp job’ in the world. I just hope I can uphold the standards Dick Clark has set for this annual event, and I look forward to his return next year,” Mr. Philbin said.

“I’m so glad that Regis hadn’t yet made any New Year’s plans,” Mr. Clark said. “It’ll feel strange watching it on TV but my doctors felt it was too soon. I’m sure Regis will do a great job and I’m thankful that he was able to step in on such short notice.”

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is in its 33rd year. This year’s special will include performances by Big & Rich, Ciara, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fabolous, Good Charlotte, Billy Idol and Simple Plan, as well as Ashlee Simpson.