‘DWTS’: Alfonso Ribeiro Would Host the Show Under ‘Very Different’ Circumstances
Fans and celebrities were shocked to find out Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews weren’t returning to host Dancing with the Stars. This comes after backlash on the show’s winners after multiple seasons. Alfonso Ribeiro answers if he would have taken the hosting job.
Alfonso Ribeiro wanted ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to change
The season 19 winner was one of many fans of the competition show who wanted things to change. Mostly because the technically best dancers haven’t been winning the trophy.
“I think what ends up happening is a lot of people think, ‘Oh I don’t need to vote for them because they’re so good, they’re automatically going to be there, I just want to continue seeing this person,’” Ribeiro told Yahoo. “And that person, who has no business being in the finals, ends up the finals. You hurt your own show by doing that. They’ve got to change the voting on the show. Personally, that’s just my opinion.”
The show has made some changes since public complaints. It’s now returning for season 29 with a new host.
Tyra Banks is the new host
Bergeron and Andrews won’t be returning to host next season. Tyra Banks has replaced both of them. This is big news considering how long Bergeron had the job.
“Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15-year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?” Bergeron tweeted on July 13.
People aren’t holding back sharing their upset reactions to the news. That includes Ribeiro.
Ribeiro said he might’ve been interested in hosting
Banks might be a surprising pick as a host to people. It would be interesting to think about which former stars could host instead and Ribeiro fits the mold given his dancing background. But would he ever do it?
“If the circumstances were very different, that might’ve been something that I might’ve been interested in doing,” Ribeiro told Us Weekly. “I certainly would not have been interested in Tom being fired and me being hired to do it. I mean, I already took over for him on [America’s Funniest Home Videos]. I can’t do all of his gigs.”
He continued, “And at the end of the day, the AFV [exit] was not a firing. It was him leaving, and that’s what made it possible for me to go. I never want to take someone’s job like that. Yes. That has nothing to do [with] whoever you’re hiring of course, but because I’m so close to him, it just wouldn’t have felt right to do if they approached me.”
Ribeiro wondered why Dancing with the Stars wasn’t canceled and producers didn’t just start over with a new show. He added that he loved Bergeron.