Tom Bergeron

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Thomas Raymond Bergeron

(1955-05-06) May 6, 1955 (age 68)
  • Television personality
  • game show host
  • television host
  • comedian
  • actor
Years active1980–present
Known forBreakfast Time (1994–1997)
Good Morning America (1997–1998)
Hollywood Squares (1998–2004)
America's Funniest Home Videos (2001–2015)
Dancing with the Stars (2005–2019)
60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008)
Lois Bergeron
(m. 1982)

Thomas Raymond Bergeron (born May 6, 1955) is an American television personality, game show host, comedian and actor, best known for hosting Breakfast Time from 1994 to 1997, Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004, America's Funniest Home Videos from 2001 to 2015, and Dancing with the Stars from 2005 to 2019 as well as being an anchor on Good Morning America from 1997 to 1998 and a cohost on the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008.


Early life and career

Bergeron was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of Ray and Kay Bergeron. [1] Bergeron is of French Canadian and Irish descent. [2] While being interviewed on the Howard Stern Show, Bergeron revealed when he was 17 years old he interviewed Larry Fine and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges after contacting the nursing home Larry was living in. [3]

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, [4] 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 (1982–1987), and hosting brief informational and show preview segments known as 4 Today, every 30 minutes during WBZ's daytime lineup (1983–1987). 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.[ citation needed ] Bergeron additionally served as the original host of WBZ's weekend morning teenage discussion series Rap-Around [5] 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. [6] He discussed his meditation practice on 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris [7] and The Fifth Dimension: A Mindfulness Podcast. [8]

National television work

From 1994 to 1997, Bergeron co-hosted the morning show Breakfast Time on FX and later re-titled Fox After Breakfast when the show moved to the Fox Network.

Bergeron and Todd Thicke at the AFV Headquarters Todd Thicke and Tom Bergeron at AFV headquarters;.jpg
Bergeron and Todd Thicke at the AFV Headquarters

In 1997, Bergeron joined ABC, where he served as a guest host for Good Morning America .

Bergeron was the host of Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004, a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2000.

In February 2001, he became the new host of the ABC series America's Funniest Home Videos . 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. [9] He was replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro. [10]

In June 2005, he began hosting the reality series Dancing with the Stars , also on ABC. For his work on Dancing with the Stars, he received nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, winning the award once in 2012. On July 13, 2020, Bergeron announced he had been let go from the series ahead of its 29th season in a message posted on Twitter. [11]

On September 20, 2008, Bergeron co-hosted the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards alongside Heidi Klum, Jeff Probst, Ryan Seacrest, and Howie Mandel. The five were selected to host in recognition of their nominations in the inaugural category of Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

In 2020, Bergeron competed in the third season of The Masked Singer as "Taco". [12]



2009 Rock Slyde Randy Wonder
2018 Candy Jar Principal Nelson


1980A Capitol FourthHimself
1987–1990People Are TalkingHimself/host3 episodes
1994–1997Breakfast TimeHimself/host
1996 The Daily Show Himself2 episodes
1998 The Nanny HimselfEpisode: "Making Whoopi"
1998–2004 Hollywood Squares Himself/host1,047 episodes
2001–2015 America's Funniest Home Videos Himself/host289 episodes
Also producer
2002–2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Coridan Ambassador, Alien Trader D'Marr2 episodes
2005–2019 Dancing with the Stars Himself/Host443 episodes
2005–present Entertainment Tonight Himself20 episodes
2006–2019 Good Morning America Himself21 episodes
2008Supper Club with Tom BergeronHimself13 episodes
2010 Castle Bobby MannEpisode: "The Late Shaft"
2011 Phineas and Ferb Announcer (voice)Episode: "Bullseye!"
2015 The Muppets HimselfEpisode: "Pig Girls Don't Cry"
2017 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/PanelistEpisode: "Leslie Jones vs. LL Cool J and Tom Bergeron vs. Jennifer Nettles"
2017 To Tell the Truth Himself/Panelist2 episodes
2017The 3rd Annual Carney AwardsHimself/hostTelevision special
2017Access DailyHimself1 episode
2018 Candy Jar Principal Nelson
2018Behind Closed DoorsHimselfEpisode: "John Ritter"
2018 Steve HimselfEpisode: "Tom Bergeron/Cali Champion, Dr. V & Alesha Renee"
2018 Animals. HimselfEpisode: "Pigeons"
2018The MessengerThe MessengerAlso producer
2020 The Masked Singer Taco/HimselfEliminated in "Friends in High Places: Group B Championships"
2020Down the MiddleRex1 episode
2022 American Auto HimselfEpisode: "Charity Dinner"

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