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Jackson will skip Seacrest’s ‘Rockin' Eve’

‘American Idol’ judge says he'll watch only if host ‘rides the ball’
/ Source: The Associated Press

So how is "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson planning to celebrate New Year's Eve?

"I'm just trying to get ready for that New Year's Eve ball drop with Ryan Seacrest," Jackson joked.

Seacrest, who is host of the Fox reality show, will co-host ABC's special for the traditional ball drop and countdown to midnight in New York's Times Square.

So Jackson isn't planning to be in front of the TV watching Seacrest?

"No, never!" Jackson told AP Radio. "I told him I'd only watch if he rides the ball. If he jumps on the ball and has a fit of rage and rides it down."

Seacrest will join Dick Clark, who is returning to "New Year's Rockin' Eve" after suffering a stroke last December. Hilary Duff will anchor and perform at the Hollywood segment of the show.

"New Year's Rockin' Eve" will air Saturday starting at 10 p.m. (EST).