Tom Bergeron


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Tom Bergeron (born May 6, 1955 in Haverhill, Massachusetts) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality and a popular one-time game show host, best known to the public as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, which he has hosted since 2001; and Hollywood Squares (1998 - 2004). He is currently the host for the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars (2005 - present), and a fill-in host, replacing Meredith Vieira, for a week of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, May 14-18, 2007. He is a Daytime Emmy winner.

Biography

Bergeron's very first job in the business was as a disc jockey at local radio station WHAV, in his home town of Haverhill. He was an extremely-popular radio DJ in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire in the early 1980s on Portsmouth's WHEB where he played comedy records along with music and offbeat interviews. His professional voice and warm personality landed him with additional TV and radio auditions, and he was well on his way.

One of his first jobs on television was as host of a local game show on New Hampshire Public Television (produced at NHPTV flagship station WENH-TV). He moved to the Boston market in February 1982, joining WBZ-TV as a general on-air personality. His early roles at the station included being a contributor on Evening Magazine, and landing the hosting spot on Lottery Live, the nightly drawings of the Massachusetts lottery games. By January 1987, while still functioning in these roles, Bergeron added People Are Talking to his duties. He replaced former hosts Nancy Merrill and Buzz Luttrell on the early afternoon talk show, and gained even more popularity with this role. By the early 1990s Bergeron was seen as a solid figure in Boston television, and WBZ continued to capitalize on his talents by featuring him on on WBZ Radio. It was there he had an early-morning radio show called The Tom Bergeron Show. When People Are Talking ended a successful 13-year run in June 1993, Bergeron remained on WBZ-TV as commentator and lifestyle reporter for the station's expanded hour-long noon newscast.

In June 1994, Bergeron left WBZ when he was hired by the new FX cable network to co-host a morning talk show for them, called Breakfast Time. Hosting with Laurie Hibberd, the show became quite successful on the upstart cable network, prompting the Fox broadcast network to pick it up two years later. At the time, the cable system in his hometown of Haverhill didn't carry FX, leading to a long running and ultimately failed public campaign to get them to pick up the channel or at the very least to locally syndicate the program. In September 1996 it became Fox After Breakfast, since it aired later in the morning than the other network's morning programs. This show ran for one year on Fox; eventually it became The Vicki Lawrence Show after a number of cast changes. On that show, despite repeated erroneous entries here, Bergeron never played an aging Carol Burnett character in drag. He had nothing to do with that version, in drag or otherwise. Bergeron later was signed to a contract with ABC News as guest host to Good Morning America. After Charles Gibson left the show, Bergeron was seriously considered as a permanent replacement, but that job went to Kevin Newman.

Beginning in 1998, one of his best-known jobs was the host of Hollywood Squares. He was nominated for 5 Emmys and in 2000, he won his first and only Emmy. After Squares ended its six-year-run in 2004, he continued hosting America's Funniest Home Videos. In later years, Bergeron appeared twice on Star Trek: Enterprise as an alien trader named D'Marr and as a Coridan Ambassador. He also appeared in an episode of The Nanny in 1998. In 2005, he began hosting the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars, for ABC Television Network, with ex-reporter Lisa Canning before Samantha Harris. Bergeron's tenure for his show proved to be a hit, airing in over 90 countries, which makes him a big star, for the third time.

Bergeron is married and has two daughters. He lives in Los Angeles. In 2005, Bergeron was a co-host on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, and in 2006 he was elected national vice president of the association.

Trivia

  • Bergeron appeared on an episode of the new I've Got A Secret on Game Show Network on December 30, 2006. His "secret" was that he used to perform as a pantomime on various street corners. He stated that he started when he was 20 years old and performed in theatres, on street corners, etc. He failed to stump the panel.
  • Bergeron is the 2007 March of Dimes WalkAmerica spokesperson.
  • Bergeron is one of the first inductees into the Massachusetts Broadcasters' Hall Of Fame, which was created in 2007.


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