Tom Bergeron remembered one of his most memorable appearances on screen with fellow “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 the age of 65 over the weekend, Bergeron was among the many celebrities who took to social media to express their shock and grief.
“Just heard the news. Crushed. I’m going to miss you, my friend,” he said wrote on Twitter.
The 66-year-old TV host also shared a tweet reminiscent of the time he asked Saget for a “particular favor“by joining him in his last episode of the show in 2015. However, that was not the only time Bergeron was able to convince Saget to appear on” AFV “after his retirement.
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Talking to Entertainment tonight, the former “Dancing with the Stars” host recalled launching a campaign to convince Saget to join him for the 20th anniversary special of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
“It meant the whole world to me,” Bergeron said of the Case’s appearance in his last episode. “A couple of years before that, when the video show was 20 years old, I told Vin Di Bona, the executive producer, that I said, ‘We have to get Bob to do that.’ So we were already friends at the time, and I “I must admit that I worked really hard for him. I went to one of his Scleroderma Foundation services and courted him a lot.”
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Bergeron went on to explain that Saget had a sitcom on ABC at the time, so the network wanted them to film some promos together. The case was reluctant to return to “AFV”, so Bergeron saw this as an opportunity to “blackmail” him into signing up for the 20th anniversary special, which the case eventually agreed to.
“And I told Bob, I said, ‘Listen, look. You just have to do what you do. I want to get us to the videos, I want to get us to the commercial breaks.’ If you watch that show, you see me just laughing, just spending an hour enjoying the lovable maniac that he was, “Bergeron explained.
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The case apparently also had a good time on the show, as he was willing to do it all over again with Bergeron and the new host, Alfonso Ribeiro, for the show’s 30th anniversary.
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“There was an anniversary party, and Alfonso and Bob and I showed up, and I do not think Bob and Alfonso knew each other very well, but the three of us, you would have thought we were brothers from another mother,” Bergeron concluded. “It was just a wonderful, wonderful time, the three of us have kind of seen this unique story along with a few others who have written who has hosted that show, and it was just amazing to hang out and share stories.”