Tom Bergeron

Active - 2005 - 2012  |   Born - May 6, 1955 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States  |   Genres - Dance [nf]

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Perhaps one of the small screen's most prolific and cordial hosts, Emmy award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron initially rose to fame as the host of Hollywood Squares before holding a humorous mirror to the masses on America's Funniest Home Videos and observing the fancy footwork of our favorite celebrities on Dancing with the Stars. Haverhill, MA, native Bergeron was an ambitious broadcaster from the onset, becoming the youngest DJ ever to appear on his hometown radio station WHAV at the age of 17. Of course, it didn't take long for Bergeron to work his way up the radio ladder, and after launching a successful late-night talk show on a local New Hampshire station, he segued into television as the host of WBZ Boston's Emmy-winning magazine series Super Kids. A series of hosting gigs were quick to follow, culminating in a six-year stint on the station's popular morning show People Are Talking beginning in 1987. Three years later, Bergeron returned to the microphone to host WBZ-AM's most popular morning radio show as well.

Bergeron's big break finally came in 1995, when Breakfast Time, the FX series he had been hosting for two years, made the leap to Fox. When Bergeron was later tapped for a guest stint on Good Morning America, his sardonic wit and effortless charm proved the perfect combination to serve as the full-time host of Hollywood Squares. From there, it was all smooth sailing as Bergeron graduated to America's Funniest Home Videos and, eventually, Dancing with the Stars.

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  • Began his broadcasting career in radio. While hosting a talk radio show in Portsmouth, NH, he was hired by Boston TV station WBZ to host both talk and kids' shows.
  • Filled in occasionally as an anchor for Good Morning America and The Early Show, and was reportedly considered at different times to permanently host the programs.
  • Received four Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host for Hollywood Squares. He tied for the award in 2000 with Bob Barker.
  • Got involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association because he's a fan of Jerry Lewis. He then served as a cohost of the Labor Day telethon multiple times, became a vice president of the MDA, and was honored with the MDA Directors' Award in 2007.
  • Was said to have been in contention to replace Bob Barker as the host of The Price Is Right in 2007.
  • Cohosted the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006 and the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008.
  • Wrote a memoir in 2009 titled I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can! Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood.
  • Has homes on both the East Coast and West Coast; his family is based on the East Coast, which has sometimes factored into his decisions about accepting job offers.
  • In addressing theories about Bristol Palin's 2010 run on Dancing With the Stars, he insisted the situation wasn't political---her mother was a Republican Alaska governor---and added, in an interview with Wet Paint, "I'm a liberal Democrat!"