April 30. 2014 10:01PM
Though he is best known for the time he spent as the host of Hollywood Squares, Bergeron has appeared on both radio and television since the early seventies. One of his first televisions gigs was as host of the Granite State Challenge, a trivia game comprised of New Hampshire high school teams competing in categories like math, science and social studies. The Granite State Challenge is now in its 25th year on New Hampshire Public Television.
But before appearing on television, Bergeron was a radio man. He started out as a disc jockey at the age of 17, for Haverhill radio station WHAV. He was the youngest DJ in the state and became popular on a New Hampshire seacoast radio station, Portsmouth's WHEB. In 1980, Bergeron created and became the host of The Tom Bergeron Show, a late-night comedy talk radio show. He moved to television in 1982, when he joined Boston's WBZ-TV, where he worked as a host for several programs. He also anchored the popular People Are Talking, which won an Emmy. By 1994, he was hosting Breakfast Time on FX. The show eventually developed into Fox After Breakfast on the FOX Network. The show only lasted a year but Bergeron was able to fit the role of "fill-in" anchor on ABC's Good Morning America quickly after.
By 1998, Bergeron became the host of ABC's Hollywood Squares, a game show that he hosted until 2004 when the series ended. In 2001, he joined America's Funniest Home Videos as host of the show. He hosted the 49th Miss America Pageant in 2003. By 2005, Tom had been picked to co-host ABC's popular Dancing with the Stars with E! Television's Samantha Harris, starting in 2005. He is also a fill-in host for the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Bergeron was elected as the national vice-president to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2006, and became the spokesperson for 2007's March of Dimes WalkAmerica. He was the first to be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bergeron was nominated for an Emmy for "Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Show Competition," along with Jeff Probst, Heidi Klum, Ryan Seacrest, and Howie Mandel. The five nominees co-hosted the 60th Annual Emmy Awards Show on September 21, 2008.
In 2009, Tom released his first book, I'm Hosting As Fast As I Can: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood, a memoir that chronicles his career and life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of the television series Castle.
In 2012, Bergeron was presented with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He also hosted A Capitol Fourth, an annual Independence Day concert shown on PBS. He also announced that he would be leaving America's Funniest Home Videos after the upcoming 25th season.