Dick Clark is a tough bird.
By all rights, with what happened, and this is said with all due respect to the man, that stroke could've been a lot worse for him. If he can get in front of that camera each year, so be it. The years of Dick Clark-less NYRE specials arrive, I hope DCP is wise enough to go into the vault, digitize and remaster all the old specials, and get them out on DVD or available to Multicast networks like AntennaTV and the like.
Interesting comments, both for and against Dick Clark continuing. Out of the blue (I'm in good health), I had a stroke about 3 years ago - it didn't affect my speech at all, and I was up and OK physically about 2 days later, but I did have had some residual effect, unnoticed to anybody but myself.
I guess my point is, strokes are a crap-shoot - it can affect different parts of the brain. So don't confuse Dick Clark's slurred speech with a lack of intelligence - it seems like he is as smart as ever.
I recall that Kirk Douglas had a stroke in 1996, at age 80. It affected his speech, but not his intelligence. When he appeared publicly and spoke, there were mixed reviews - some said he was brave to appear, but others said he was an embarrassment, and should quietly disappear.
I should add that Kirk Douglas is still alive today, at age 95.
So I ask the people that want Dick Clark to go away - does it really make you uncomfortable that he slurs his speech in a couple of short appearances on the show he produces?