A former cast member of the 1990′s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is making the transition to host one of ABC’s longest running comedy series.
According to Variety, actor Alfonso Ribeiro will succeed Tom Bergeron as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” a series which will be entering its 26th season later this year. Ribeiro, who is best known as Carlton Banks opposite Will Smith on “Fresh Prince” — which aired from 1990-1996 on NBC — has recently been making a name for himself as more of a TV host and contestant rather than as an actor. He and partner Witney Carson also won the 19th season of “Dancing With the Stars” late last year.
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” began life as a 1989 special, before beginning as a weekly series in 1990 on ABC, where it was initially hosted by Bob Saget. When Saget left the show in 1997, he was succeeded by the duo of John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes for one season and a few specials, before current host Tom Bergeron took over hosting duties on his own in 2001. Bergeron announced earlier this year that the show’s 25th season would be his last, and announced Ribeiro as his replacement on the 20th season finale for “Dancing With the Stars” last night.
According to the report, Ribeiro was one of five finalists for the role of succeeding Bergeron in the spot, who will continue to host “Dancing With the Stars” in the future. Ribeiro’s role is still “crucial” according to “AFV” producer Vin Di Bona, who told Variety, “There’s got to be a sincerity and a connection with the audience. You’ve got to be someone who cares about kids. That connection you make with the audience is of the utmost importance to me. That’s something you just don’t get by reading copy. In our auditions, it just became very, very apparent that Alfonso is a genuinely nice man.”
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” will begin airing its 26th season with new host Alfonso Ribeiro this October.
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