America's Funniest Videos is celebrating 30 years of family entertainment by bringing all three of the show's major hosts back together for a reunion special. Called AFV: America, This Is You!, the special will air on ABC on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET, following the airing of a new episode of the long-running comedy series. Ahead of the special, Bob Saget has also tweeted a photo of himself posing with his AFV successors from a photo shoot for TV Guide. "Was a lot of fun doin' this TV Guide shoot with my pal Tom Bergeron & the super nice Alfonso Ribeiro - Here's to another 30 years of nut hits," Saget writes in the caption. You can take a look at the photo below.
Happy 30th Anniversary @AFVofficial -Was a lot of fun doin’ this @TVGuide shoot with my pal @Tom_Bergeron & the super nice @alfonso_ribeiro - Here’s to another 30 years of nut hits. The special celebrating 30 years of the show will air Dec. 8th @ABCNetworkpic.twitter.com/KeCATRdSBh— bob saget (@bobsaget) November 21, 2019
Originally called America's Funniest Home Videos, the series first debuted on American television in 1989. From the start, Bob Saget served as the host of the series while simultaneously starring on the popular sitcom Full House. Saget's unique voiceovers and a very catchy theme song made this first run particularly enjoyable, but by 1997, the comedian opted to leave the series after hosting for eight seasons. He returned to the franchise in 2009 following its name change to the simpler America's Funniest Videos, appearing in the show's 20th anniversary special. Like old times, Saget even did some of his trademark voiceovers to some newer home videos.
Following Saget's departure, AFV juggled with some temporary hosts before finding a permanent replacement. John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes co-hosted the show for a year before it was discontinued as a weekly series, then airing as TV specials hosted by the likes of Steve Carell, D. L. Hughley, and Richard Kind. By 2001, the show was brought back as a weekly TV series with its new host, Tom Bergeron. Ultimately, Bergeron would have a long run on the show far surpassing Saget's, as he wound up hosting AFV for the next 14 years. On his final episode, Saget returned for another special guest appearance to help see him off.
With AFV in need of a new host, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro was tapped by the network as the next host of the series. Ribeiro first began his hosting duties in 2015 and has been in the position ever since, as he has proven himself to be a perfect fit for AFV. This will be his first time appearing alongside former hosts Saget and Bergeron, and those of us who've seen episodes from all three of their iterations of the series should find the upcoming reunion special to be especially interesting to see.
The 30th anniversary special of America's Funniest Videos will air on ABC on Dec. 8. You can also check out the photo shoot with the three hosts of the series in the newest edition of TV Guide, and if you ever manage to capture somebody taking a groin shot on video, you know where to send the footage. This news comes to us from Bob Saget on Twitter.