March 11, 2014 9:25am PT by Michael O'Connell
Tom Bergeron to Depart 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
ABC's busiest host is scaling back. Tom Bergeron announced that he'll end his run as host of America's Funniest Home Videos at the end of next season -- the clip show's 25th.
Eclipsing original host Bob Saget a few years back, Bergeron is the longest-running emcee for the franchise. He started the job back in 2001, four years before he ultimately took the much higher-profile job as Dancing With the Stars co-host.
"I'm embracing change this month," said Bergeron in a statement. "DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing."
Bergeron, who won an Emmy in 2012 for hosting Dancing With the Stars, was the fourth host to take the America's Funniest Home Videos stage. He followed Saget and co-hosts John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes.
The host tweeted on Tuesday that he might not be done with the show altogether, noting that he's pitching a live spinoff to ABC.
America's Funniest Home Videos is not yet renewed for next season, but the relatively inexpensive show has proven a reliable 7 p.m. ratings performer on Sunday nights. Its renewals are largely considered a given.
Bergeron is repped by IMG.