A month after his stroke, Dick Clark remains hospitalized in good spirits while working with rehabilitation specialists.
The “American Bandstand” icon watched Regis Philbin host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005” from his hospital bed and said “he enjoyed the show and thought Regis did a wonderfully professional job,” Clark publicist Paul Shefrin said Wednesday.
As promised, Clark kissed his wife, Kari, at midnight, the spokesman added.
Clark, 75, was hospitalized at an undisclosed Burbank hospital on Dec. 6 after suffering a mild stroke. Shefrin wouldn’t disclose specifics.
There was no word on when Clark would go home. It seems certain, however, that Clark won’t be at the Jan. 16 Golden Globes Awards, which he produces.
“Nothing in life is certain, but it doesn’t look like he will be at the show,” Shefrin said. “He is doing some business from bed. His mind is 100 percent.”
During the ABC-TV New Year’s Eve show, fans held up “Get Well Dick” signs. Celebrities, including Madonna, John Travolta, Janet Jackson and others, were shown on videotape expressing best wishes.
“He was very touched by the outpouring of support, not only from the celebrity world but from the people on the streets of New York,” Shefrin said.
Clark, who went from hosting “American Bandstand,” “Bloopers” and game shows to producing awards ceremonies, has been a television New Year’s Eve tradition for 32 years with his shows from Times Square.