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Hilary Duff to co-host ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

Singer to perform, serve as West Coast host for ailing Dick Clark
/ Source: The Associated Press

Hilary Duff will be the host of the West Coast portion of Dick Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC this year, and she will perform three songs.

Producers already announced this summer that Clark, who will be making his first television appearance since suffering a stroke last December, will be in Times Square with co-host Ryan Seacrest.

Duff, who has sold more than 1 million copies of her "Most Wanted" CD, takes over a West Coast role that was filled last year by Ashlee Simpson, producers said Monday.

Clark's ABC year-end special, traditionally the party of choice for those who ring in the New Year in front of the television, faces competition from a new Fox show with Regis Philbin. Philbin was Clark's emergency substitute on ABC last year.

Carson Daly will be the host of a New Year's special on NBC.