"It hardly seems possible that we began telecasting 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' 40 years ago," Clark added. "Armed with just a couple of cameras and a skeleton crew, my wife and I stood atop a Times Square building and watched the thousands of happy celebrants in Times Square. The army of talent we had join us over the years has truly been outstanding, and this year we top it off with an appearance by Lady Gaga. 'New Year's Rockin' Eve 2012' promises to be one of the most exciting ever, and I'm proud to be part of the team."
Lady Gaga is to perform live in front of a crowd of an estimated 1 million people in Times Square just before the ball drops to mark the start of 2012.In honor of the 40th anniversary of Clark's traditional New Year's Eve celebration, the festivities will begin at 8 p.m. ET with a 2-hour special entitled "New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party," which will be taped in Times Square and Los Angeles.
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012" is to begin at 10 p.m. ET. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas is to return as host of the Los Angeles portions of the specials, ABC said.
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