Alfonso Ribeiro has joined “Dancing With the Stars” forward of season 31 of the show, becoming a member of Tyra Banks as co-host.
Ribeiro has hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” since 2015 when he took over from Tom Bergeron. Now, Ribeiro is following in Bergeron’s footsteps as soon as once more, as Bergeron was the host of “Dancing With the Stars” till season 29 when Tyra Banks took over.
The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star shared that he spoke with Bergeron after agreeing to take over internet hosting duties.
Ribeiro Says Bergeron Did Not Give Him Advice
Ribeiro spoke with Us Weekly forward of the “Dancing With the Stars” season 31 premiere, and he shared what Bergeron mentioned after he advised him the information.
“We have talked,” he shared. “I would not say that he gave recommendation as a result of [it would be] primarily the identical recommendation he provided me after I was doing ‘America’s Funniest Videos,’ which was, ‘Be you.’ We have sufficient respect for one another that I needed to speak to him as a pal. I needed to let him know the way it went down [with] all of the love and respect that I’ve for Tom.”
Ribeiro added, “He will all the time be close to and expensive to my coronary heart in each means. I proceed to say that I’m constructing my profession on what Tom Bergeron leaves behind. I’m very upset he does not have a giant job proper now as a result of when all this ends, I bought to go to the subsequent job. I hold joking with him about it. I’m like, ‘Dude, I want you to get one thing huge as a result of then that is my subsequent job.”
Ribeiro bought the cellphone name from “Dancing With the Stars” whereas on a highway journey in his RV, he advised UsWeekly.
“I get a cellphone name saying, ‘Hey, are you able to hop on a name tomorrow morning? We wish to speak about you being one among our hosts,'” he advised the outlet. “And I used to be [ready to say] ‘OK.’ There was no hesitation. It was a quite simple sure.”
The Co-Host Will be within the Skybox
Ribeiro can be taking on the duties contained in the skybox, which is a function many followers needed to return again for the upcoming season.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly forward of the season premiere, showrunner Conrad Green spoke a bit about why Ribeiro was introduced again to the show and what his duties can be.
“One is we wanted a means of getting the folks off the ground in order that we are able to clear the ground as a result of we do not have advert breaks,” Green shared about why they determined to have two hosts for season 31. “That coincided with bringing again the skybox, which is the world the place all of our celebrities can hang around and discuss to Alfonso. I actually missed that as a result of him having the ability to discuss to folks going into their clubhouse and and having the ability to chill out and decompress and knock about with one another, that is the spirit of the show.”
He added, “No one’s going to be higher at that than Alfonso. Not solely is he a former champion of the show, however he loves the show and is enthusiastic about it. He is aware of the dancers very well. He actually is aware of what he is speaking about. He empathizes with the celebrities, what they are going via, and he is additionally a very good old pal of Tyra’s.”
“Dancing With the Stars” premieres on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific on Disney+.