c-title pmc-u-font-size-20 pmc-u-font-size-38@tablet pmc-u-font-size-46@desktop-xl u-text-align-center@mobile-max u-letter-spacing-0025 pmc-u-line-height-normal u-line-height-45@tablet pmc-u-padding-t-1 pmc-u-padding-t-050@mobile-max”>LL Cool J Tests Positive For Covid; Cancels Performance On ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest’
Senior Managing Editor
More Stories By Denise
December 29, 2021 1:30pm
“I know it’s disappointing to the millions of fans but my test came back positive for COVID, which means I’ll no longer be able to perform as scheduled at NYRE,” LL Cool J said in a statement. “We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing in 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The best is yet to come!“
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and NCIS: Los Angeles star was scheduled for a pre-midnight set in Times Square.
There have been concerns about proceeding with New Year’s Eve events in New York as the City has seen infection rates skyrocket due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Palm Springs Film Festival Canceled As Covid Surge Intensifies; Was Set To Start January 7
ABC last week said it was proceeding for now with the special and taking a wait and see approach, looking to New York City for guidance about the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. NY Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced that the city would be proceeding with the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop but with fewer revelers and tighter rules, including masks and social distancing.
In light of the decision by the city to keep the celebration on, ABC is proceeding with Rockin’ Eve 2022 while adhering to CDC/local protocols regarding audience attendees in Times Square.
Fox last week canceled its New Year’s Eve special – Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022 – as a result of the rising spread of the Omicron variant in New York. The special also was set to be produced in Times Square.
Other performers scheduled for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest include Pose alum Billy Porter, reggaeton act Karol G, Rock Hall of Famers Journey and R&B singer Chlöe. Also scheduled are Daddy Yankee in Puerto Rico and a Los Angeles bill that includes Ciara, Avril Lavigne & Travis Barker, Big Boi, OneRepublic and French Montana.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The show, hosted by Seacrest from Times Square, will feature Rockin’ Eve‘s first Spanish language countdown, with Puerto Rico as the inaugural host destination. The special is produced by MRC Live and Alternative.
Must Read Stories
Sony’s Top-Grossing Movie At $1.16B; Beats ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Domestic Take
‘This Is Us’ Cast Looks Back & Forward To Sixth & Final Season: Watch New Featurette
‘Book Of Boba Fett’ Episode 1 Recap: Series Picks Up After ‘Return Of The Jedi’
All Other Netflix Films Looking Up At ‘Don’t Look Up’; ‘The Witcher’ Beguiles TV Side
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.