Tom Bergeron was a guest on the first “LIVE” Meredith Vieira Show today. He talks of his craziest Dancing With The Stars moment, the Super Bowl, Derek Hough, and more. He’s a kick as always! To see the full interview and episode, see MeredithVieiraShow.com. Note: Maksim Chmerkovksiy will be one of her guests tomorrow.
Tom Bergeron has done some more promotion for the launch of his last season on America’s Funniest Home Videos! He also chats about Dancing With The Stars. Below he talks with The River 105.9 and Big105.9. You can also listen to a WGN Radio here and here. Always interesting and funny!
Tom Bergeron was a guest on Good Day LA. He talked about Dancing With The Stars And America’s Funniest Home Videos! What an amazing career he’s had…especially doing two hit shows at the same time.
The Vulture is reporting that Tom Bergeron is stepping down from America’s Funniest Home Videos. Below is a take explaining. Though just a while ago Tom tweeted to the Vulture that he’s not parting possibly, but, instead pitching a LIVE spin off. Hmmm….it’s going to be interesting to see what develops?
Longtime host Tom Bergeron has decided to call it quits after next season. The snarky yet lovable TV personality, who also hosts ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, tells Vulture that he’s simply chosen to move on from the gig he’s held down since 2001. “I’m embracing change this month,” he explain via an emailed statement. Noting that his other ABC show, Dancing With the Stars, is also making “plenty of” format and co-host changes, “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last,” Bergeron added. He didn’t volunteer any more details about why he’s decided to exit, but a person familiar with the situation insisted the pending departure is amicable.
As you know from a previous posting, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron has been on a quest to get William Shatner to dance on Dancing With The Stars. Tom told The View ladies last week that he saw William at a recent event and William looked at him strangely when Tom mentioned it. Well, the saga continues. Last night, William Shatner posted this tweet (look below) about “figuring out the schedules for DWTS” which makes one wonder if Tom’s quest is working? Then again, maybe they are just trying to figure out when to have dinner. I also love the mention on Jeri Ryan who, by the way, tweeted “we’re in!” back to William. Wouldn’t she be a great candidate for Dancing With The Stars as well? Tom is communicating with William at his twitter too. Before William tweeted him, Tom extended an invite while taping America’s Funniest Videos. Anyway, what an interesting tweet from William Shatner. Yes, taking things out of context or grasping at straws most likely, but, it’s fun to speculate on and talk about none the less.
Heidi: Odds are good that they’re all just screwing around – I seem to recall a lot of back and forth joking with Tom about Shatner and Jeri being on DWTS. What I find most funny is how Tom is now doing casting. I believe he also tried to get Bill on AFV this past week. Really, though, the dude is funny. I would love to see him on DWTS. I came to appreciate him on Boston Legal. By the way: pretty sure that Tom could do a better job at casting DWTS than the current crew.
Tom Bergeron was a guest on The View today! He was asked straight up about the controversial rumors of Lindsay Lohan and Lance Armstrong dancing on Dancing With The Stars. He said he’d rather have William Shatner dance instead (Me TOO!). William looked at him strangely at a recent even when Tom mentioned it to him.
The View ladies also commended Tom for his long running work on America’s Funniest Home Videos for which he is filming currently.
Unfortunately, it was a short segment. I was hoping he’d be asked on the Dancing With The Stars cast announcement, but, he wasn’t.
I often think Maksim Chmerkovskiy could write a book if he wanted. He writes with so much feeling and depth and this time isn’t any different as he pens his new blog for TV Guide. This time Maks writes about last weeks dances and how they went down. He also talks of Hurricane Sandy and how much the relief efforts mean to him. He can’t wait to help out more when he gets back to New York when the show is over. Also, Maks writes about his Dancing With The Stars partner Kirstie Alley. I loved this part below the most below. He talks of what Kirstie brings to the show and how she learns dancing in another way. You can tell he respects her a lot. He also thinks they can make it to the Finals and the reason behind it which I think is true and justified as what the other contestants bring to the table. I love her heart, inspiration, and how they are able to really entertain. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make it to 4th …especially if they have the break through dance he mentions. What do you think?
A lot of people have been saying to us, “Well, she’s already done the show. She knows what to expect. How can she be so exhausted?” Yes, she’s already done it, but this season isn’t a direct replica of Season 12. None of us has any idea what the show is going to throw at us each day, let alone each week. When you don’t know what’s coming, everything’s a surprise and you get more anxious and stressed. It’s human nature. Suppose someone said, “Drop and give me pushups.” You’re going to keep going until they tell you to stop, but you don’t know when they’re going to tell you to stop. Psychologically, it’s a lot easier to be told to do 50 pushups and be done with it. Kirstie knows about the group dances, the trio, the marathon and everything, but she doesn’t have the schedule in front of her for the season. We get told each week what’s happening the next and it’s overwhelming. She’s a trooper. I want her to hold on and keep doing her thing. I think the “incidents,” as Len called them, during our fusion routine took a mental toll on her. She put a lot of effort into learning the dance and the one time she messed up her count was on show night, and it was a big blow to her. Her feeling backstage was, “What the hell is the point? I’m putting so much effort into rehearsing and I just messed it up.” I feel really bad and there’s nothing more I can ask of her. I want her to realize that there are only a couple weeks left. One thing I can promise is that she’s not giving up. She’s doing more than she should. She’s doing more than she can. The end result, whether we win or lose, will be a tribute to her resilience.
The thing that kills me the most is that I can’t help her learn to dance the way she wants to and the way you probably normally would in real life. If I were to tailor a program to her, it would be longer and more in-depth. She’s not the type of person who’s like, “Tell me the steps and I’ll do them.” She’s a cerebral person, an educated actress and woman. She knows her craft and she approaches everything the same way, including dancing. She needs time to learn. It’s not that she’s not capable of learning; it’s that she doesn’t have the time. There is no way I can tell her what she wants to learn in order for her to learn it well in four days. I’m trying to make her understand that she’s not learning just dancing. The show is basically: “Show me what you’re able to learn in four days.” If she gets it, I think it will help a lot.
I believe in Kirstie. I don’t care about the outcome. I don’t care what position we’re in right now. She’s a person that we need on the show. She brings a great contrast to the show, and I’m not talking about skill level. Everybody left is incredible. I know everyone is predicting Shawn, who continues to make our jaws drop, to win, but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk. Melissa is fantastic. I’m so happy for her and Tony winning the marathon. Apolo — wow! He is amazing and kills it every week. Kelly is just stupid good. Emmitt’s still got it and Gilles is arguably one of the best male celebrity dancers we’ve ever had. They’re all so good that sometimes you can’t even differentiate, but the show is not just about dancing, and as you saw in our package, Kirstie has realized that. She knows she belongs here. She brings something to the show — entertainment, inspiration — that cannot be scored. Even in professional dance competitions, it’s not always the winners or best dancers who are the most memorable. The paradox of taking your non-dancing friends to a dance competition is that they usually point out the dancers with the most personality who maybe finished in the quarterfinals or semifinals. If you don’t know about dancing, most people don’t care about technique or turns or extensions. They just want to be entertained. They’re looking at it from a different perspective. They don’t look at it like a dancer. I didn’t understand that for years. That’s why you had Maks speaking out about Bristol in Season 11. I know people reading this right now will be like, “He’s backpedaling.” I’m not. I am making my own discoveries about the show that I probably should’ve made a long time ago, but better late than never. Same thing with Kirstie — I believe we still have a big breakthrough in us. I believe she can make the final. Everybody is working hard, but I wouldn’t count us out.
We have two dances this week: The Viennese waltz and a trio with Tristan. I can’t wait to work with Tristan. Just having another person in the room would alleviate the pressure Kirstie. We’re good friends with Tristan and we hang out. I made a joke that we picked him because we just want him to be paid, but I was so happy that we got the first pick so we could grab him. We didn’t want to throw away the first draft pick, so to speak. Tristan’s very positive, very fun, lighthearted and he’s a very good dancer, so I’m really looking forward to the trio.
To read Maks’ full new blog, visit TV Guide.
Tom Bergeron tells Access Hollywood that he loves the all star season of Dancing With The Stars. It’s been hard to see the contestants be eliminated being they are all his friends. Someone even went home with high scores, but, Tom says Dancing With The Stars has always been a “popularity contest” and it’s nothing new (so true). They also ask him how long he wants to host Dancing With The Stars which he answers with “until they have to drag him off kicking and screaming”. All shows will someday come to an end, but, until then, Tom is “just bankin’ it and having a ball.” Lots more below including Tom’s thoughts on his other long time gig on America’s Funniest Home Videos which is soon to air it’s 500th episode this upcoming Sunday.
Good thing Tom has no plans of leaving Dancing With The Stars. I can NOT even imagine the show without him, can you?
ETA1: Tom was on Good Day LA today. They show some early shots of Tom that are too fun. He was also on The Talk yesterday.