The host of ABC’s long-running “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has announced he’s wrapping up his run on the show, Deadline.com reports, adding that when Tom Bergeron first made the announcement in a tweet Friday, the message “went mostly unnoticed."
Bergeron “buried the lead” in his 140-character tweet, writing, “March Madness: I begin hosting my 18th season of @DancingABC on 3/17 and wrap up shooting my penultimate season as host of @AFVofficial 3/27.”
Then Bergeron emailed a statement to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog about his departure.
“The snarky yet lovable TV personality, who also hosts ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ tells Vulture that he’s simply chosen to move on from the gig he’s held down since 2001,” writes Vulture’s Joe Adalian.
Bergeron wrote in the statement to Vulture: “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of ‘AFV,’ next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last.” He didn’t add details about why he’s leaving, but the split is said to be amicable, Adalian notes.
“Bergeron also isn’t making a big deal out of his decision, casually tweeting Friday that he had just wrapped his ‘penultimate season’ with the show,” Adalian adds.
“AFV” averages 6.6 million viewers each week and attracts “a decent 1.4 rating among viewers under 50,” Vulture notes.