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“I put as many hours into that as I do in all the shows that I’m hosting,” he says. “Production is hard work, but fulfilling. That entrepreneurial spirit is a great lesson I learned from Dick,” whose Dick Clark Productions established him not just as an entertainment personality, but as a media mogul. “If he wasn’t on the air, Dick was in his office working hard.”

But does Mr. Seacrest ever feel like he’s taking on too much?

“Only some mornings,” he replies, with a look of mock weariness. “But then I’ll be somewhere watching something and thinking: ‘Gosh, I want to be part of that. I feel like I’m missing that party.’ I wouldn’t want to be home watching New Year's Eve! I want to be bringing it to you!”