Tom Bergeron out, Alfonso Ribeiro in as host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
According to the YBF, Former "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro, who danced his way into the hearts of tv viewers during his Mirroball winning spin on "DWTS" last season, has landed the top gig at "America's Funniest Home Videos"! Alfonso was named as Tom Bergeron's (also the current "DWTS" host) replacement this week during last night's season finale of "Dancing With the Stars."
Alfonso recently sat down with THR to discuss how his version of 'AFV' will differ from Tom and if he'll break out "The Carlton Dance". Check it...
What will your version of AFV look like?
Not all that different. I think they have found the right vibe for the show. The difference between Bob Saget and Tom: Bob was about his jokes and Tom has really been about setting up videos and having those be the star of the show. I think that will continue. I think they are going to make some changes to the set a little bit and go with some different colors and just make it a little newer and fresher. But for me, I’m just going to bring my energy. 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. We’ll just bring my vibe to it.
In an era where everyone is passing around clips on YouTube all day long, how do you make the show premium?
Ultimately, you can go online and sit at your computer, but the computer is a single apparatus. When you sit in front of the computer, it feels like it’s for you to sit there by yourself. One of the things that AFV does is that it's probably the No. 1 show on TV that has co-views, where parents and their kids will watch it together. It’s such a family show, and one of the few family shows left on television. I think that it’s a destination because it’s everything that the internet has, but it’s really bringing it to the TV. You can sit down as a family and watch. 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.
What are your favorite types of viral videos?
My style of video is when people hurt themselves. 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. And then we get to really enjoy it. There will definitely be some of those with me.