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Tom Bergeron leaving 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' report says
Tuesday March 11, 2014 1:21 PM By Verne Gay
quot;Dancing with the Starsquot; host Tom Bergeron. (March
"Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron. (March 29, 2010) (Credit: AP)
"America's Funniest Home Videos," which America hasn't much watched during the past few years, is losing a star: Tom Bergeron is ankling, to use a bit of Variety-ese. This news surfaced Tuesday, via Joe Adalian and Vulture, which reported a statement from TB: “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last.”
Now quick, who were the first hosts of "AFHV?" Come on... you know... sure you do... Bob Saget. But here's the real trivia question -- who followed? Answer: Daisy Fuetes and John Fugelsang.
Of course, people still watch the show -- it wouldn't be on the air if they did not. It's been a Sunday fixture for as long as anyone can remember, and ABC may even be shocked to learn it's still on its air. But Bergeron, as with "DWTS," is a vital part of the success; he's got that "who-me-take-this-nonsense-seriously?" attitude that makes all the silliness so much more palatable. He will, no doubt, be missed sorely by fans.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Tom Bergeron and the crew at ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" are celebrating the show's 500th episode. It's a rare milestone in broadcast television.
"Five-hundred is a big number," Bergeron said. "So few shows have reached that. I think we mentioned 'Gunsmoke,' 'Lassie,' 'The Simpsons' and us. That's it."
From dad's being hit in the groin, to kids falling on their faces, to pets acting out, "America's Funniest Home Videos" has viewers laughing it up every Sunday night.
Executive Producer Vin Di Bona has been there from the beginning. He readily admits that in those early days, he was worried about gathering enough material to fill the show's hour each week.
"Somehow people started sending in tapes, 3,000 tapes a day," he said. "The Hollywood post office had to put on three or four extra people just to get the bags. We would get 30 or 40 big, huge mail bags."
Technology has helped in the oversized mail bag department.
"Now we have an app where you can actually take a video with your phone, upload it to us via the app and instantly submit it. It's a long way from the days of VHS tapes and sending it snail mail."
While the show is in its 23rd year, Bergeron has been part of the gang since 2001. And for the past seven years, he's juggled this job with his other hosting gig on "Dancing With The Stars."
"I've said that on this network, on ABC, I host shows with the most and least coordinated people on the planet," Bergeron said.
As long as people do uncoordinated, silly or surprising things, "America's Funniest Home Videos" hopes to be there to share them.
Di Bona said his personal favorite home video is the next funny one that someone sends in.