When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.
Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:
“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”
Bergeron, who made good on the request [start video at 5:00 mark], has 18 more shows to tape as AFV host before his scheduled exit after 15 years. He told Redd he is hoping producers will have selected his successor in time for an on-air passing of the torch this spring. Beyond that, Bergeron says he already has calendared the day he will compete on Dancing with the Stars: “When hell freezes over.”
P.S. On that same 2003 Miss America pageant, Greta Van Susteren was one of the judges.