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Full Name: Thomas Bergeron
Tom Bergeron's career has spanned radio, television, and now self-help literature! What is with DWTS and all these multi-taskers?
Tom began his broadcasting career at the tender age of 17. He snagged a job as a disc jockey at local radio station WHAV — after convincing the station manager that he was, um, 33. Lucky Tom was already prematurely gray! Tom's professional voice and warm personality eventually landed him additional TV and radio auditions in the New England area.
He moved to the Boston market in February 1982, joining WBZ-TV as a general on-air personality. By the early 1990s, Bergeron was a solid figure in Boston on both television and radio, where he hosted an early-morning radio show called The Tom Bergeron Show. Original title, we know.
In June 1994, Bergeron left WBZ when he was hired by the new FX cable network to co-host a morning talk show, called Breakfast Time. Bergeron later was signed to a contract with ABC News as guest host for Good Morning America. After Charles Gibson left the show, Bergeron was seriously considered as a permanent replacement, but that job eventually went to Kevin Newman.
Beginning in 1998, Bergeron became the host of Hollywood Squares. He was nominated for five Emmy awards and in 2000, he won his first and only Emmy. After Hollywood Squares ended its six-year run in 2004, he continued hosting America's Funniest Home Videos, which he started hosting in 2001.
He's been with DWTS since the beginning! For nine seasons, Tom has brought his sharp sense of humor and jovial banter to the show. Sadly, Tom's gone through three co-hosts over the years. He began hosting the competition with reporter Lisa Canning in 2005. One short season later, she was replaced by Samantha Harris. Then on January 28, 2010, Samantha announced her departure from the show. Now DWTS alum Brooke Burke is stepping in as co-host.
In 2009, Bergeron released his first book I'm Hosting As Fast As I Can: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood. This details his career and other oddball stuff along with some zen and some life lessons that people could use in life. In November 2009, Bergeron celebrated the the 20th anniversary of America's Funniest Home Videos with the show's first host, Bob Saget.
Bergeron is married and has two daughters. He lives in Los Angeles and Greenwich, Connecticut.
In 2005, Bergeron was a co-host on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, and in 2006, he was elected national Vice President of the association.