‘America’s Funniest Home Video’ Hosts Tom Bergeron, Alfonso Ribeiro Honor Bob Saget

by Matthew Memrick
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Past “America’s Funniest Home Videos” hosts Tom Bergeron and Alfonso Ribeiro honored the original host Bob Saget with tributes on Monday.

Saget established the long-running ABC show, starring on the show from 

1989 to 1997. Co-hosts John Fugelsang and former MTV host Daisy Fuentes did the show from 1998 to 1999. Bergeron led the show from 2001 to 2015 before former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Ribeiro took over as the current host.

The 65-year-old Bob Saget died on Sunday in his Ritz-Carlton Orlando hotel room. People magazine reported on the star’s death.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and fellow @afvofficial host @bobsaget today,” Ribeiro wrote on Instagram. “I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 90s when the show started. He was amazing. There’s no AFV without Bob. RIP Bob. We will all miss you.”

Bergeron talked about his friend and shared a message on his Instagram page. He remembered when Saget returned to AFV for a cameo on Bergeron’s final episode. 

“For my final @afvofficial, I asked my friend for a special favor. Without hesitation he said yes,” he wrote. “I’ll always be grateful for that. And for our friendship. #RIP.” 

Saget Stayed True to His ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Roots

The Pennsylvania native starred on “Full House” before going to the video show. He narrated show clips with his funny voices and often threw out the script to talk with audience members. He kept up a squeaky-clean image, often talking to his wife at the end of each show. Saget changed that image in later years, constantly getting raunchy on and off the comedy stage.

“It was a JOB; the video show was a JOB; you don’t tell the Aristocrats joke at 8 o’clock at night on network TV, it would be funny though,” Saget said once. “But those guys know I like dirty stuff. I like clean stuff too.

On Dec 8, 2019, Bob Saget returned to AFV for a guest appearance with Bergeron for the 30th Anniversary Special called “AFV: America…This Is You.” Bergeron was there in his second guest appearance since leaving the show. Former host Fuentes and current host Ribiero also made the event. 

Variety reported in 2015 that Ribiero took over from Bergeron from a pool of five candidates.

The show’s official Twitter account paid tribute to Saget on Instagram with a heartfelt caption. It read, “A comedy legend. A kind soul. Our dear friend. We will miss you.” 

Bob Saget Had Fun With The Military on AFV

The former host had fun with everybody, and no one was safe from the comedic host’s puns and jokes.

At times, Saget singled out just about anyone for a quick joke and roasted service members and foreign troops. But he loved them too, inviting them up on stage while shaking hands often.

Saget worked with the USO, going on a tour in 2017. According to Task and Purpose, his CBS morning show work before “Full House” was short-lived because he was “a little too irreverent for morning television.”