The Dec. 17 special hosted by Robin Roberts and produced by Jimmy Kimmel will also feature Reynolds' Evening Shade wife Marilu Henner. A tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will also be a part of the program, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Kelly Clarkson and Smokey Robinson. There will also be salutes to former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, as well as John McCain and Stephen Hawking.
TOPICS: The Year in Memoriam, ABC, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Kimmel, Loni Anderson, Robin Roberts