Alfonso Ribeiro celebrates 30 years of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

Host Alfonso Ribeiro marks the milestone in special ABC edition

Though he’s been on hand for only five of the seasons, Alfonso Ribeiro knows the significance of the 30th anniversary of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Actually, “only” is relative since so many series don’t make it to five years, much less three decades. A special edition of the high-spirited ABC show celebrates the milestone Sunday, Dec. 8, uniting Ribeiro with his hosting predecessors Bob Saget and Tom Bergeron to review some of the most memorable and amusing clips submitted by viewers – who initially sought a shot at the given season’s grand prize – since the program’s premiere.

“It’s a group effort,” the pleasant Ribeiro says. “With all of hosts and the crew and the producers and the network, it’s kind of amazing to be a part of television history. Thirty years on network television is something that only a few shows have done, and to be on the longest-running one in ABC’s history is very special.”

Alfonso Ribeiro

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 19 winner Ribeiro credits Bergeron, who hosted both that show and “Home Videos” for a while, with helping him land the “Videos” job. He deems Bergeron “the one person who’s stood out more than anyone else on this show, having done 15 seasons. He kept this thing going, and it allowed someone like me to come in and keep the ball rolling. He’s an incredible host and person, and a lot of this, I give to Tom. He was a true champion for me getting this job, and I can’t thank him enough.”

Ribeiro’s TV fame also encompasses the sitcoms “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (with his famous “Carlton dance”) and “Silver Spoons,” but he’s enjoying the particular place he has with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” fans.

“Being on TV for 40 years now,” he reasons, “makes it a little easier for people to go, ‘Oh, we don’t have to get to know this guy. We know him already.’ And that’s always a positive. It’s a case of, ‘He makes us smile,’ and that’s all that this job really needs to be.”


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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