“American Bandstand” icon Dick Clark is still hospitalized nearly six weeks after a mild stroke, but his publicist said Friday that he continues to progress in his physical therapy and is closer to going home.
Clark, 75, will watch Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, which he’s produced for more than 20 years, from his hospital bed with his wife Kari, spokesman Paul Shefrin said.
“He’s still doing rehab and he’s closer to being released from the hospital,” Shefrin said. A date for his release hasn’t been determined.
Clark was hospitalized at an undisclosed Burbank hospital on Dec. 6 after suffering a mild stroke. Shefrin wouldn’t disclose specifics on the impact of the stroke or whether there was any paralysis.
Asked about a tabloid report this week saying Clark’s recovery was slowed because of his diabetes, Shefrin said, “At no time has anybody on Dick Clark’s side of the fence been told that the pace of the recovery is being affected by his diabetes.”
Clark went from hosting “American Bandstand,” “Bloopers” and game shows to producing awards ceremonies including the Golden Globes and the American Music Awards. After hosting New Year’s Eve live from Times Square for 32 years, the ailing Clark was filled in for by Regis Philbin in this year’s celebration.