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Bob Saget remembers “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Tom Bergeron as “adorable madman”

Tom Bergeron recalled one of his most memorable screen appearances with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Bob Saget.

Bergeron took over as host of the popular comedy series after Saget left in 1997. Following the news of Saget’s sudden death at age 65 over the weekend , Bergeron was among the many celebrities who took to social media to express their shock and sadness.

“I just heard the news. Devastated. I will miss you, my friend,” he said. wrote on Twitter.

The 66-year-old TV host also shared a tweet recalling the time he asked Saget for a “special favorBy joining him on his last episode of the show in 2015. However, this is not the only time Bergeron has managed to convince Saget to make an appearance on “AFV” after his retirement.

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the former host of “Dancing with the Stars” recalled having launched a campaign to convince Saget to join him for the 20th anniversary special of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”.

Tom Bergeron discussed his work with his friend and fellow “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Bob Saget.
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“It meant the world to me,” Bergeron said of Saget’s appearance in his last episode. “A few years before that, as the video show celebrated its 20th anniversary, I said to Vin Di Bona, the executive producer, I said, ‘We have to have Bob for this.’ So we were already friends by that time and I have to admit I really worked him hard, I went to one of his Scleroderma Foundation performances and courted him a lot.

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Bob Saget was the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" until 1997.

Bob Saget was the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” until 1997.
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Bergeron went on to explain that Saget had an ABC sitcom at the time, so the network wanted them to do promos together. Saget was reluctant to return to “AFV”, so Bergeron saw an opportunity to “blackmail him” into signing the 20th anniversary special, which Saget ultimately accepted.

“And I said to Bob, I said, ‘Look, listen. You do what you do. I’m going to take us to the videos, I’m going to take us to the commercials.’ If you see this show, you just see me laughing, spending the hour enjoying this adorable fool that he was, ”Bergeron explained.

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FULL HOUSE - Cast Gallery - June 26, 1987. (Photo via ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images) BOB SAGET

FULL HOUSE – Cast Gallery – June 26, 1987. (Photo via ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images) BOB SAGET
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Saget clearly had a good time on the show too given that he was ready to start all over with Bergeron and new host Alfonso Ribeiro for the show’s 30th anniversary.

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“There was a special birthday and Alfonso and Bob and I arrived and I don’t think Bob and Alfonso knew each other very well, but the three of us, you would have thought we were brothers to another mother,” Bergeron concluded. . “It was just a wonderful, wonderful time, the three of us kind of have this unique story with a few others who posted who hosted this show and it was just great spending time and sharing stories.”


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