Bergeron in April 2009
Thomas Raymond Bergeron
May 6, 1955
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Television host, game show host, comedian, actor|
|Known for||Host of Dancing with the Stars|
|Net worth||$12 million|
Thomas Raymond Bergeron (born May 6, 1955) is an American television personality, game show host, comedian and actor. He is known as the host of Dancing with the Stars, based on the British dance contest program Strictly Come Dancing, and was a long-time host of America's Funniest Home Videos from 2001-2015.
Early life and career
His first job in broadcasting was as a disc jockey at local radio station WHAV, in his home town of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He became a 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 popularity led to additional TV and radio auditions.
One of his first jobs on television was as host of a local game show, Granite State Challenge, 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 (1982–87), and hosting brief informational and show preview segments known as 4 Today, every 30 minutes during WBZ's daytime lineup (1983–87). In 1984, he landed the hosting spot on Lottery Live, the nightly drawings of the Massachusetts State Lottery games. By January 1987, while still working in these roles, Bergeron added People Are Talking to his duties. He replaced outgoing host Buzz Luttrell on the early afternoon talk show, where he gained even more popularity. While Ron Cantera took over as host of 4 Today (until its cancellation in 1988), Bergeron remained lottery host until drawings moved to WNEV-TV in August 1987. Bergeron additionally served as the original host of WBZ's weekend morning teenage discussion series Rap-Around from 1987 to 1989.
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 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 early 1994, Bergeron briefly surfaced as a morning host on Boston's soft-rock station WMJX ("Magic 106.7"), which was only a short commute to WBZ's studios for his work on the noon news.
Bergeron credits a portion of his success as a television personality to his more than 35 years of regularly practicing Transcendental Meditation. He discussed his meditation practice on 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris and The Fifth Dimension: A Mindfulness Podcast.
National television work
In March 2014, Bergeron announced on Twitter that he would not be hosting America's Funniest Home Videos after season 25. Bergeron's final episode of America's Funniest Home Videos aired May 17, 2015. He was replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro.
|1984||Gremlins||TV News Reporter|
|1998||The Nanny||Himself||Episode: "Making Whoopi"|
|1987–1990||People Are Talking||Host||3 episodes|
|1994–1997||Breakfast Time||Host||2 episodes|
|1996||The Daily Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|1998–2004||Hollywood Squares||Host||1,047 episodes|
|2001–2015||America's Funniest Home Videos||Host||289 episodes|
|2002–2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Coridan Ambassador, Alien Trader D'Marr||2 episodes|
|2005–present||Dancing with the Stars||Co-Host||443 episodes|
|2005–present||Entertainment Tonight||Himself||20 episodes|
|2006–2019||Good Morning America||Himself||21 episodes|
|2009||Rock Slyde||Randy Wonder|
|2010||Castle||Bobby Mann||Episode: "The Late Shaft"|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb||Announcer (voice)||Episode: "Perry the Actorpus/Bullseye!"|
|2015||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Pig Girls Don't Cry"|
|2017||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself/Panelist||Episode: "Leslie Jones vs. LL Cool J and Tom Bergeron vs. Jennifer Nettles"|
|2017||To Tell the Truth||Himself/Panelist||2 episodes|
|2017||The 3rd Annual Carney Awards||Himself/Host||Television special|
|2017||Access Daily||Himself||1 episode|
|2018||Candy Jar||Principal Nelson|
|2018||Behind Closed Doors||Himself||Episode: "John Ritter"|
|2018||Steve||Himself||Episode: "Tom Bergeron/Cali Champion, Dr. V & Alesha Renee"|
|2018||The Messenger||The Messenger||Also producer|
|2020||The Masked Singer||Taco/Himself||Episode: "Friends in High Places: Group B Championships"|
|2020||Down the Middle||Rex||Filming|
- Mike LaBella (June 11, 2009). "TV host Bergeron returns to his native Haverhill for book signing". eagletribune.com.
- Don Freeman (February 17, 1999). Host sees humor go full circle Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine at the ProQuest Archiver. The San Diego Union Tribune.
- McMahon, Charles (2013), Legendary Locals of Portsmouth, Arcadia Publishing, p. 97, ISBN 9781467100762
- "Dancing With the Stars Host Tom Bergeron Talks Live". Washington Post. April 23, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- "'Dancing With the Stars' host Tom Bergeron says meditation helps him react during a live show". ABC News. September 20, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/abc-news/ten-percent-happier-with-dan-harris/e/51536666?autoplay=true. Missing or empty
- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hollywood-zen-tom-bergeron/id1488278305?i=1000459732937. Missing or empty
- Oldenburg, Ann (2014-03-12). "Tom Bergeron quits 'America's Funniest Home Videos'". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
- ABC Renews 'The Bachelor,' 'Shark Tank,' 'Funniest Home Videos', Variety,May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014
- Parker, Lyndsey (March 4, 2020). "The bell tolls for the Taco: 'Masked Singer' castoff is seasoned TV host". Yahoo! Entertainment. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
John Davidson in the 1986–1989 version
| Host of Hollywood Squares
(Hip Hop Squares, 2012)
|| Co-Host of Dancing with the Stars
Daisy Fuentes & John Fugelsang
| Host of America's Funniest Home Videos
Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel
| Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
tie with Bob Barker
| Host of Miss America