Next year, Tom Bergeron will get to watch people fall accidentally into swimming pools, get mistaken for pinatas and watch their pets do something wild and funny ... offstage.
The 58-year-old confirmed in a statement to OTRC.com on Tuesday, March 11, that he is leaving the ABC show "America's Funniest Home Videos," aka "AFV," in 2015, after hosting the series for 15 seasons. The news comes weeks after Brooke Burke-Charvet, his co-host on "Dancing With The Stars," another one of the network's hit shows, was replaced by Erin Andrews.
"I'm embracing change this month," Bergeron said. "'DWTS' will sure have plenty of it. And I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of 'AFV,' next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As 'Doctor Who' fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing."
" We can confirm that next season (season 25) will be his last," an ABC spokesperson told OTRC.com in a statement.
Bergeron took over the hosting gig in 2001 and is the fourth person to assume the position. "Full House" star Bob Saget hosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" from its 1989 debut to 1997. MTV personality and model Daisy Fuentes and comedian John Fugelsang co-hosted the series for a year until 1999, when the show aired less frequently, as specials.
After Bergeron took over as host, it became a weekly series again. He also serves as a producer on the show.
A replacement host for "AFV" has not been named.
Tom Bergeron: "We're not 'parting' ..."
Bergeron added on his Twitter page: "We're not 'parting,' possibly. We've already pitched a LIVE spin-off show to ABC."
The official "AFV" page retweeted a tweet posted by Jordan Schatz, one of the show's writers. He wrote: "@Tom_Bergeron is a gracious and classy man. And the future for @AFVofficial remains bright & hilarious!"
Bergeron has been a host of "Dancing With The Stars" since it debuted on ABC in 2005. The new 18th season debuts on March 17. (Check out exclusive interviews with the 12 "DWTS" celebrities and their dance partners - includes another "Full House" star!) "AFV" airs on Sundays on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.
"AFV" recently introduced more changes -- of the digital/mobile kind. The series is promoting new iPhone and Android apps as well as an Instagram page.
" We're on Instagram! Give us a follow for hilarity daily!" read a message posted on the show's Twitter page, which Bergeron retweeted (check out the "AFV" instagram page).
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