Alfonso Ribeiro named host of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,’ replacing Tom …

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Alfonso Ribeiro Named New Host of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’.

During the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars”the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor was announced as Tom Bergeron’s replacement on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” “After receiving hundreds of inquiries, stacks of video submissions and a very close audition race, one smile, one funny and sincere delivery became our standout favorite—Alfonso Ribeiro,” said Vin Di Bona, executive producer explained in a release. Expect a little song and dance in between videos of groin hits, cute kids and crazy cats on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” next season. “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” alum and “Dancing With the Stars” champ Alfonso Ribeiro is taking the reins as host from Tom Bergeron next season.

ABC’s “AFV” ranks as one of primetime TV’s most family-friendly shows and one with the highest component of multigenerational viewing, a quality that is important to ABC. Bergeron, who has served as host of the ABC series that showcases viewer-submitted videos since 2001, announced last year that he would exit the show after season 25. The show’s incoming and fifth host (Bob Saget and the tandem of Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang also preceded Ribeiro) says that he isn’t planning to deviate wildly from the style of Bergeron while establishing his own vibe. “It won’t be very different,” he tells EW. “It’s really about assisting the videos not trying to overpower the videos with your comedy. As the network began its search for a new television personality, Ribeiro, who had an existing relationship with the network (and with Bergeron) from his time on DWTS, stood out as a likely candidate.

Ribeiro passed the first test when he assured his prospective new boss that he understood “the videos are the star of the show,” while he is the friendly tour guide. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Ribeiro ahead of the announcement to discuss his vision for the show, why it’s still relevant and whether or not the “Carlton dance” will make an appearance (the chances are good). Bergeron’s tenure began the following year when “AFV” was restored to weekly series status. “The show is an old shoe that works,” Di Bona said. “With Alfonso coming on, we’ll experiment more with performance elements and we’ll ease into some new things.

I have a high energy and a lot of creative ideas in terms of dancing and singing and maybe I’ll use some of those abilities to introduce some of our videos. It’s the perfect time: It’s Sunday night, you’re getting ready to start your week again, you sit down, you have family dinner, you throw on AFV, and you watch it together as a family.

I just love the idea when people decide to do something really stupid and then they fall and bust their head open and, of course, they don’t kill themselves — but they do it with the idea that they think it’s going to be really funny, and then they bang themselves up.

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