Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Salute Dick Clark, Ellen Degeneres Show Wins on the Daytime Emmys

Dick Clark had a huge impact on the television landscape. Not just through his American Bandstand show that aired for more than 40 years on ABC, but also as a producer of many game shows and specials. Who hasn’t rung in the New Years to his Rockin’ Eve show?

So, I thought it kind of sucked, that the only celebrities the producers of the Daytime Emmys could get to perform live, on stage for the big Ryan Seacrest-hosted tribute were has-beens like the Spinners, Chubby Checker and Marie Osmond. All the big guns, like Simon Cowell, Garth Brooks and Cher participated in a filmed segment.

Nevertheless, I have to say I teared up a little when Clark broke down during his standing ovation. The TV legend had a stroke several years ago, and I would imagine that every television appearance is a struggle for him. Check out the lengthy tribute, in two parts, after the jump.

Simon said there  would be no American Idol without Dick Clark.

Oh! And, the Ellen Degeneres Show won Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment. Ellen was not there–her producers picked up the award.

Video after the JUMP…

Part 1

Part 2

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  • abbysee

    Pretty crappy that it’s the best they could do….but the Daytime Emmys are the bastard child of the bastard child of award shows. Dick deserved better. I remember before I was allowed to go out as a teen I use to greet many a new year with Dick Clark. And then after I had kids and stopped hanging out I would fall back on New Years Rockin’ Eve, it’s an institution as is Mr. Clark. I think Ryan will follow in his footsteps. Chubby Checker? SMH!

  • risalea

    Before his stroke, I never could figure out how Dick Clark managed to avoid aging like the rest of us! Memories of American Bandstand are woven throughout my childhood and teen years. Ryan is a worthy successor, but Dick Clark’s shoes will indeed be hard to fill.

  • cookcricket

    I do wish some of the bigger stars would have come to pay tribute, but maybe they forgot that it’s entertainment not celebrity that really matters.

    Having said this, Chubby Checker, had the hottest hit on the planet! Who in this whole wide world does not know The Twist!!?

    LOL, I started tearing up before he did. What a dear, dear man who has given so much to the television and music industry. Yeah, no one will ever, ever fill his shoes.

  • Margie

    Just an FYI – it is very common for stroke victims to experience exagerated emotions. My father had a stroke several years ago and it it wasn’t uncommon for him to burst into tears if I left the room.

    I’m not saying that Dick’s reaction was in any false tonight. Just that it might have been bigger than he wanted. My father was always embarassed when he burst into tears in public.

  • cookcricket

    I’m not saying that Dick’s reaction was in any false tonight. Just that it might have been bigger than he wanted. My father was always embarassed when he burst into tears in public.

    I agree, and I wonder if this is why his wife moved so quickly to his side, she saw it coming. I do believe his reaction was very sincere, but probably bigger than he intended. He deserved every moment there and more.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Didn’t watch it, but I will be watching ATWT until it ends in September in honor of my mom. I’m sure she would have loved that Maura West and Michael Park won for best actor/actress.

  • Nina1

    Chubby Checker, had the hottest hit on the planet!

    I was shocked to not only see Chubby checker alive, but looking exactly the same! Dick Clark is so much a part of my youth – and adulthood! It was nice to see him again.

  • Pam

    I almost teared up watching his face. It was really moving. As far as Dick’s emotion during the tribute, speaking from experience, my grandfather on my mother’s side suffered a massive stroke almost 3 years before he died. One thing we noticed about him that if something was happening that was supposed to be funny or make you very happy, we would notice he would just start crying uncontrollably. After his major stroke, he suffered several mini strokes after that.

    From watching this I don’t think Dick expected a tribute of such magnitude that he received and that probably was a product of some of that emotion that he felt. He is very blessed and fortunate to still be here after the magnitude of the stroke that he suffered 6 years ago.

    I grew up seeing Bandstand in the early 80’s and that was of course with the Manillow themed intro. He is a very special individual who helped jumpstart many careers. There are a lot of artists who have been around 30 years or more who owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Dick Clark is awesome-I watch his new years eve thing every year (yes,even after the ama’s!)

  • Grammie Kari

    Memories of American Bandstand are woven throughout my childhood and teen years.

    Mine, too – only it was the late 50s and 1960s. I would learn the latest dance steps from American Bandstand and loved the performers. Dick Clark was just someone you knew. When my children were born, they caught the once a week shows. Just so many memories, but the best was when Madoona told Dick, “She wanted to rule the world.”

    What a sweet tribute and Ryan was the perfect person to do this! It was 14 minutes long – and I wished there was more.

    We saw Chubby Checker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago. There were maybe 300 people there. I was 5 feet away and can tell you he has had some plastic surgery done. However, he is physically fit and still had a great voice AND great energy!