Dancing with the Stars is celebrating the Top 10’s Most Memorable Years on Monday, October 5, but the show will be memorable for a different reason: host Tom Bergeron will not be there.
The Emmy-winning host tweeted that he will miss the show to be at his ailing father’s bedside. As he wrote, “He’s given me a lifetime of support. Time to return the favor.”
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In his place, season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro, who served as a judge last week and who has replaced Bergeron as the new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, will be taking over for the night alongside Erin Andrews. Ribeiro clearly has a close connection to the show and should be able to take over, although it will be interesting to see how he handles it.
It has already been a tumultuous week for Dancing with the Stars. It started with the forced withdrawal of Kim Zolciak and Tony Dovolani, something they tried to protest and petition to undo. Then came the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the hometown and college of Alek Skarlatos. He took some time off from rehearsals to return home to be with his community.
Now with Bergeron’s absence, Dancing with the Stars is bound to have a unique and different kind of show. To celebrate the Most Memorable Years, there will be plenty of emotions and entertainment with Bindi Irwin remembering her late father while Nick Carter is set to pay tribute to the Backstreet Boys.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC.
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