Alfonso Ribeiro joined the show Dancing With the Stars ahead of season 31 and joins Tyra Banks as co-host.
Ribeiro has hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos since 2015, when he was succeeded by Tom Bergeron. Now Ribeiro is following in Bergeron’s footsteps again, as Bergeron was the host of “Dancing With the Stars” until season 29, when Tyra Banks took over.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star shared that he spoke to Bergeron after agreeing to handle the hosting duties.
Speaking to Us Weekly ahead of the season 31 premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Ribeiro shared what Bergeron said after breaking the news to him.
“We talked,” he shared. “I wouldn’t say he gave advice because [it would be] essentially the same advice he gave me when I made “America’s Funniest Videos,” which is “be yourself.” We respect each other enough that I wanted to speak to him as a friend. I wanted to let him know how it went [with] all the love and respect I have for Tom.”
Ribeiro added: “He will always be close and dear to me in every way. I continue to say that I am building my career on what Tom Bergeron leaves behind. I’m very upset that he doesn’t have a big job right now because when this is all over I have to go to the next job. I joke with him about it all the time. I’m like, ‘Dude, I need you to get me something big, because then that’s my next job.’
Ribeiro received the call from “Dancing With the Stars” while he was traveling in his RV, he told UsWeekly.
“I get a call saying, ‘Hey, can you take a call in the morning? We want to talk about you being one of our hosts,” he told the outlet. “And I was [ready to say] ‘OK.’ There was no hesitation. It was a very simple yes.”
Ribeiro will take over duties in the skybox, which is a role many fans have wanted back for the upcoming season.
In conversation with Weekly entertainment Ahead of the season premiere, showrunner Conrad Green spoke a little about why Ribeiro was brought back to the show and what his duties would be.
“Firstly, we needed a way to get people off the stage so we could clear the stage because we don’t have commercial breaks,” Green explained of why they decided to have two hosts for season 31. “That coincided with Bringing behind the skybox, which is the area where all our celebs can hang out and talk to Alfonso. I really missed that because he can talk to people that go into their clubhouse and chill and chill and mess with each other, that’s the spirit of the show.
He added: “No one will be better at that than Alfonso. Not only is he a former champion of the show, but he loves the show and is passionate about it. He knows the dancers very well. He really knows what he’s talking about. He sympathizes with celebrities in what they’re going through and he’s also a really good old friend of Tyra’s.”
Dancing With the Stars premieres on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 a.m. Pacific.