MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell paid tribute to Dick Clark with his good friends Dick Cavett and Rep. David Dreier on Friday.
The three of them spoke about his legacy, noting his tremendous influence on music and how he broke down racial barriers on "American Bandstand."
"He got lots of nasty mail, Dick, and he's told me some stories just recently," Dreier said. "But he felt passionate, he was proud to say that he had the ability to put black kids and white kids in the same room and they didn't kill each other, and he saw that as a great accomplishment."
Cavett and Dreier also shared anecdotes about Clark, focusing on one story in particular. Cavett said that he had signed onto Clark's failed investment in a "video cassette type thing" back in the day. Dreier joked that Clark convinced Cavett to invest in it knowing that it would fail.
Later, Cavett lovingly joked, "he was never caught in any scandal as he might have been had he been in the Secret Service."
"Or financial scandals," Dreier returned. "I have some investments that I want to recommend, by the way. Clark told me to call you."
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