The entertainment industry saw an outpouring of emotion following yesterday's passing of Dick Clark. The TV and radio icon was connected to so many facets of American pop culture and made a major imprint on countless lives. Numerous celebrities spoke highly of Clark over the past day, most notably Clark's protégé Ryan Seacrest.
In a statement, Seacrest said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last six years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him."
President Barack Obama also released a statement on Clark's passing, saying, "Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With American Bandstand, he introduced decades' worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year.
He continued, "But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel - as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final 'so long' to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends - which number far more than he knew."
"Sound Of Philadelphia" songwriters and producers Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff said, "As fellow Philadelphians, we have admired Dick Clark and the 'American Bandstand' brand for many years, as it promoted Philadelphia music around the nation,” said Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff in a joint statement. “Dick Clark was one of our inspirations for creating the ‘Sound of Philadelphia’ music brand. More importantly, we thank him for being one of the pioneers in promoting the Philly Dance and Music scene for the nation and world to enjoy. We send our sincere and deepest condolences to Dick Clark's family.”
United Stations Radio Networks (USRN), of which Clark was a co-founder, has launched an "In Memoriam" page here with extensive comments about Clark.
A wide range of musicians tweeted their condolences to Clark, including Madonna, Smokey Robinson, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers, Fergie, Janet Jackson and many, many more. Quincy Jones said, "Rest in Peace my good friend Dick Clark. A pioneer who's mark on American culture will be felt forever."
CNN has also rounded up a number of comments and memories of Clark here, with another collection of comments from E! Onlinehere.