Tom Bergeron Responds to Alfonso Ribeiro Hosting Season 31 of “DWTS.”

Tom Bergeron and Alfonso Ribeiro. ABC (2)

Passing the ballroom baton! Tom Bergeron congratulated the arrival quickly Dancing with the stars host Alfonso Ribeiro ahead of the show’s 31st season.

“Well, getting Conrad Green back as DWTS showrunner is just ONE of your wisest decisions. Here’s the other one πŸ‘πŸΌ,” Bergeron, 67, captioned an Instagram collage of throwback photos of Ribeiro, 50, joining the ABC series shortly after the casting change was announced on Thursday, July 14. “Congratulations, mate!”

Bergeron’s former cohost, Erin AndrewsShe also supported the news in the comments. “I agree with both! Happy birthday @therealalfonsoribeiro,” she gushed.

That Fresh Prince of Bel Air Alum returned the loving tribute, telling Bergeron in a sweet reply, “I just hope I can make you proud.” The Massachusetts native replied, “I have no doubt πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸΌ.”

Ribeiro, who previously won the mirror ball trophy with Pro Partner in 2014 Witney Carsonannounced its entry on Thursday Tyra Banks in the ballroom this fall when the competition moves to streaming. “Dancing with the stars has been such an important part of my life for so many years and I’m thrilled to officially rejoin this close-knit family as a co-host,” he noted in a press release. “Tyra and I have a longstanding friendship that I hope will resonate with all fans at home as we launch this new season on Disney+.”

Banks, 48, was equally excited. “I’ve known Alfonso since I was 19 and he always puts a smile on my face when I see him,” the supermodel gushed in a statement of her own. “Having such a fun-loving, longtime friend as a cohost warms my heart. Joking back and forth live with him will be so much fun!”

That life size star took over hosting duties ahead of season 29 in July 2020 – and Bergeron hinted he was caught off guard by the shock. “I’ve just informed that @DancingABC will continue without me,” said the former America’s Funniest Home Videos Host tweeted at the time. “It’s been an incredible 15 years of running and the most unexpected gift of my career. I am grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships. So what am I supposed to do with all these glitter masks now?”

Longtime viewers were skeptical about how the show could go on without Bergeron and Andrews, 44. After a difficult transition as Banks settled into the role, the Hollywood Squares graduate shed more light on his departure.

“In all honesty, the show I left wasn’t the show I loved,” he said during an October 2021 appearance on the Bob Saget’s Here for You podcast. “So, the end of what turned out to be my last season [in 2019], I kind of knew. So I got everything I really wanted out of my dressing room. … It was kind of obvious that we were kind of falling out.”

The comedian went on to say he was “not surprised” by his firing, assuring fans he wasn’t trying to sound like “a tearful millionaire” with his jokes on social media. “I mean look. I was very lucky,” added Bergeron. “I mean, I’ve had two network shows running concurrently for almost a decade and a half.”

Long before he was officially called the new guy DWTS Host Ribeiro had support from his former partner. β€œTom has been at this for so long. He’s really the heart of the show,” Carson, 28, said exclusively Us in August 2020. β€œHe is like an uncle to me too. … I texted Alfonso and said, ‘You’re the new host, aren’t you? Tell me!’ And he says, ‘It’s not me.’ … He loves the show. He is so knowledgeable about dancing and judging and hosting. So I just thought it would be a perfect fit.”

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