Flowers rest on the star for Dick Clark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (STRINGER/REUTERS)

Ryan Seacrest, his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” co-host, released a statement, saying “American Idol” could not have existed without Clark: “He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel.” (TV Column)

From The Post archives comes this 1982 essay on “American Bandstand” by Tony Kornheiser that begins, “Maybe Dick Clark didn’t invent teenagers. But he gave them a place where they could invent themselves.”(StyleBlog)

Fans fondly remembered Clark near his Hollywood Walk of Fame star. (AP video)

Joan Rivers, Anderson Cooper, Snoop Dogg and other celebs paid tribute on Twitter. (Washington Post; Lifeline Live)

Even the Times Square Ball tweeted about Clark’s death. ( Buzzfeed.)

Dear Dick Clark. I will miss you.

— Times Square Ball (@timessquareball) April 18, 2012

Genevieve Sabourin, Alec Baldwin’s alleged stalker, told Journal de Montreal she feels like she’s “still in prison.” She continued, “I’m on the run, I’m scared. I pay for everything in cash so I don’t leave a trace. Imagine if the press finds me while I’m moving? I don’t want to become Lady Diana on the road.” (E!)

Two black men have filed a racial discrimination suit “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” claiming white applicants were given more consideration. ABC has not responded to the suit. (Associated Press)

With Gary Ross out, the search for a “Catching Fire” director has reportedly been narrowed down to Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”) and Bennett Miller (“Moneyball.”) Neither director is on Jen Chaney’s list of suggestions. (LATimes)

Even the knockoff version of Angelina Jolie’s stunning engagement ring is pretty pricey. (Lifeline Live)

Discuss Dick Clark, the Jolie-Pitt engagement and more with me, Sarah Anne Hughes, today during the Celebritology chat at 2 p.m. ET.

A Mel Gibson tape is released, after the jump.

As promised, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has released an audio recording of a person he claims is Mel Gibson yelling in Costa Rica. Eszterhas, who wrote the now rejected screenplay for Gibson’s proposed Maccabees movie, has accused the actor of making anti-Semitic statements. That is not heard on this recording, which is oh so NSFW. (The Wrap)

Gibson is reportedly considering legal action against Eszterhas for recording him without his knowledge. (TMZ)

Production on “Cash Cab,” the Discovery Channel game show takes place in a New York City taxi, has been halted. (Vulture)

The hotel featured in the film “Dirty Dancing” burned to the ground this week. (NBC)

Carey Mulligan is reportedly getting married to Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons, this weekend in the English Countryside. (Radar)