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When it comes to TV series that will seemingly never end, the name that rises near the top of the list is America’s Funniest Home Videos, a show that has actually become more relevant than ever in this era of hilarious viral videos. But its hosts don’t last forever, and Sunday night’s Season 25 finale was the last outing for Tom Bergeron, who was joined by familiar face Bob Saget, who hosted the show for the first 8 seasons. Check out their scene together below.
It’s hard to think of a better way for America’s Funniest Home Videos to say goodbye to Bergeron, or vice versa. Following his teary-eyed exit from the confetti-filled stage at Disneyland, he hops into a cart with Saget, the man who first introduced the world to endless “kick to the crotch” videos, complete with high-pitched voiceovers. Jokes about dangerous trampolines and sleeping cats falling off of TVs don’t normally serve as awesome send-off jokes, but they were nothing short of perfect here, and the laugh shared between the two appeared as genuine as any of the chuckles that the show has provoked over the years.
Tom Bergeron joined America’s Funniest Home Videos in 2001, following the temporary cancellation that followed Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang’s brief tenure as co-hosts. (Wonder why nobody asked them to come back for this send-off scene…) His episode run kept the show quite popular, though not as highly rated as it was in the earliest years before Sunday nights became a lucrative place to air prestige dramas. Bergeron’s years gave us segments like “Tom’s Home Movies,” “AFV Dictionary,” “What’s Behind the Blue Blob?” and more. He also ushered the show into the digital age, with the episode-ending tagline “If you get it on tape, you could get it in cash,” changing to “Upload to us. Get rich, get famous,” in later seasons.
Fans of the show shouldn’t worry, though. ABC confirmed last week that America’s Funniest Home Videos would be coming back to Sunday nights this fall, though they have yet to find a new host. I can already imagine Mario Lopez’s name being on the list of potential candidates, and maybe even Saget’s Full House co-star Dave Coulier, who hosted the inferior video show America’s Funniest People back in the day.
And if you need your weekly dose of Tom Bergeron, you can still find him on Dancing with the Stars, which will return to ABC on Mondays this fall.