LL Cool J has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be active on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Rockin’ WRyan Seacrest i the 2022 as planned after he tested positive for COVID-19.
“I know it’s disappointing for millions of fans, but my test result came back positive for COVID, which means I won’t be able to perform as scheduled. NYRE,” the actor and rapper said in a statement. “We are ready, and I am 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! ”
In addition, singer Chlöe will no longer perform, MRC Entertainment said on Wednesday.
The broadcast will still go on as planned starting at 8 p.m. ET, airing live on ABC (postponed on the West Coast).
Still scheduled to perform live from New York’s Times Square are Journey and Karol G.
The show will also feature preparatory performances from Los Angeles by AJR and Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, D-Nice, Don Omar and Nio Garcia, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windser, Mae Muller, Maneskin, Masked Wolf, One Republic, Polo G and Walker Hayes.
Additionally, there will be segments airing from New Orleans, where Billy Porter will perform, as well as Puerto Rico, where Daddy Yankee will perform.
The New Year’s Eve special is produced by MRC Entertainment, a division of MRC, which is a co-owner of The Hollywood Reporter through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC.