dick clark ryan seacrest getty Ryan Seacrest: Dick Clark 'is in a better place ... He will be missed greatly'Television legend Dick Clark passed away Wednesday (April 18) at the age of 82. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was a longtime friend of Clark’s and really considered him to be a mentor in his rise to fame.

At the top of the “Idol” broadcast Wednesday night, Seacrest led with, “We can’t begin tonight’s show without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer and my dear friend Dick Clark. Without Dick, a show like this would not exist. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family. I know that he is in a better place, saying, ‘Hey, let’s get on with the show, OK?’ You got it, boss.”

Seacrest was visibly holding back tears as he wished his friend well. A sad day for fans everywhere. May he rest in peace.

RIP, Dick Clark.