Tom Bergeron will no longer be narrating an endless stream of kicked-in-the-nuts videos. The Dancing with the Stars host is leaving his post at ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos after the next season.
Bergeron said that he would be finishing his “penultimate season” on AFV on March 27 in a Tweet. He also spoke with Vulture, which reported that it was an amicable decision.
“I’m embracing change this month,” Bergeron said in an email to Vulture. “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last.”
AFV has been hosted by Bob Saget and Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang before Bergeron came on in 2001, notes Entertainment Weekly.
It is truly amazing that AFV has remained popular in the age of YouTube, where countless videos of people doing stupid things are available at any moment of the day. The show, which airs on Sundays at 7 p.m., averages 6.6 million viewers a week. It even does well in the under 50 crowd, averaging a 1.4 rating. It’s a better audience than what ABC gets for some of its sitcoms during the week.
March Madness: I begin hosting my 18th season of @DancingABC on 3/17 and wrap up shooting my penultimate season as host of @AFVofficial 3/27— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 7, 2014
March Madness: I begin hosting my 18th season of @DancingABC on 3/17 and wrap up shooting my penultimate season as host of @AFVofficial 3/27
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 7, 2014
ABC has not announced who will replace Bergeron.
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