is back and he's not alone.
's Ryan Seacrest
has inked a long-term deal to executive-produce and join the ageless entertainer in cohosting this year's installment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
and ultimately replace Clark as the countdown special's solo host. Clark, who last year, in the wake of his December stroke, was spelled by Regis Philbin
, says, "I am elated that Ryan has agreed to join me on America's favorite holiday special." I can hear Seacrest now: "Five... four... three... two... and we'll be back with 'one'... after this