And the next person to introduce montages of dance floor disasters and dogs slipping on ice will be… Alfonso Ribeiro!
America’s Funniest Home Videos has finally chosen a host to succeed Tom Bergeron, and the two share a Dancing with the Stars connection: Ribeiro won season 19 of the ABC reality competition series, which, of course, Begeron hosts. The news was annnounced on Tuesday night’s DWTS finale, on which Ribeiro performed.
Ribeiro, who first rose to fame on the sitcoms Silver Spoons and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is no stranger to the emcee role; he currently serves as host of Cooking Channel’s Unwrapped 2.0 and previously lorded over the proceedings at ABC Family’s Spell-Mageddon and Game Show Network’s Catch 21. He’ll begin filming episodes next month for AFV’s 26th season, which kicks off this fall.
Bergeron, who has served as host of the ABC series that showcases viewer-submitted videos since 2001, announced last year that he would exit the show after season 25. The show’s incoming and fifth host (Bob Saget and the tandem of Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang also preceded Ribeiro) says that he isn’t planning to deviate wildly from the style of Bergeron while establishing his own vibe. “It won’t be very different,” he tells EW. “It’s really about assisting the videos not trying to overpower the videos with your comedy. But I have a different energy than Tom does and I’m very animated and energetic, and some of that will absolutely come through. I’m sure it will be dance-related in some form…. For me to able to come in and replace Tom, who’s my idol in the hosting world, will be a challenge but one that I feel excited to be a part of.”
Ribeiro notes that he’s a big AFV fan (“It’s a show that I’ve watched for many years—loved watching it, watch it with my kids”) and that he was appreciative that Bergeron helped pave the way for him to land the gig. “It’s really cool that I have Tom’s blessing in this,” he says. “All along Tom has said that I’ve been the one that he would love to replace him, so that is an incredible honor and I’m just excited to jump in— and I’m going full-bore.”
In case you’re wondering what type of videos most appeal to the new man in charge, the key words are oops and ouch. “My favorite is when people do things to hurt themselves,” says Ribeiro. “I just love watching people attempt to do something that they absolutely should not attempt to do and wipe out. I love it.”