The Emmy winner said he saw the dismissal coming long before he and co-host Erin Andrews were replaced by executive producer/solo host Tyra Banks as part of the show’s overhaul.
“In all candor, the show that I left was not the show that I loved. So, the end of the (2019) season that turned out to be my last season, I kind of knew,” Bergeron, 66, said during the Sept. 13 episode of the “Bob Saget’s Here for You” podcast. “So I took everything out of my dressing room that I really wanted. It was kind of obvious that we were kind of butting heads.”
Bergeron alluded to his 2019 public criticism of former President Donald Trump’s ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer being cast on the reality dance competition.
“I didn’t think a political person was an appropriate booking for the show,” Bergeron told Saget on the podcast. “I was public about that. I don’t think that sat well with the producers or the network.”
While he believes his public disapproval was a watershed moment on the changing show, Bergeron said he and host Andrews kept the smiles going for the TV audience. “I can compartmentalize,” he said. “Erin and I had more fun being fired than virtually anybody.”
Bergeron served as “DWTS” host since its debut in 2005. Andrews, 43, joined in 2014.
“I would challenge anyone to look at videos at that time and see if there was anything different,” he said. “We were able to maintain a connection with viewers and keep it uplifting and fun.”
The former host said he “look(s) back at the time I spent there with really great fondness for the vast majority of it.”
Ultimately, Bergeron told Saget he has moved on from the dancing competition and is working on new projects. “It’s pretty far in the rear view mirror for me,” he said. “I’m onto other stuff.”