Advertisements I agree that the Dick Clark segments looked prerecorded. There was a lot of odd cutting-away to irrelevant outside shots to appear "live," but the timing of his countdown was so off that it certainly seemed taped. As someone else has noted, it also seemed strange that Dick always appeared alone, looking a little bit lonely, even though Seacrest was presumably very close by and could easily have popped up to the studio. Dick is a people person, why would he want to be so isolated on New Year's Eve? I can understand why ABC thought it necessary to do this (they probably wanted to give Dick opportunities for rest and re-takes during the taping), but they should have been honest with the public.