He’s kept Whoopi Goldberg confined to the center square in “Hollywood Squares”, helped people across the country see the lighter side of getting hit in the crotch on”America’s Funniest Home Videos”, and talked up the tango on “Dancing with the Stars”.
Yes, Tom Bergeron is very comfortable in his role as “host with the most” on some of America’s most popular and successful TV shows. Now, the ebullient entertainer has put pen to paper with I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood. The Haverhill, MA born fill-in host for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” can thank his New England roots for helping him along. First, as a radio DJ for southern New Hampshire, Bergeron went on to host a local game show, before moving to the metro- Boston area market on the WBZ-TV network as an on-air personality. There, his hosting duties ranged from the local morning show to announcing the Massachusetts State Lottery. His success grew amongst the locals as he became a staple on both TV and radio.
In 1994, Bergeron left the network for cable, before landing his first high-profile gig as host of the new revival of “Hollywood Squares”. Amidst these and other biographical highlights, in his book, Bergeron discusses his struggles with an explosive temper, and describes his meditative techniques for dealing with it. These days, the man is described as one of the most unflappable fellows on live TV. Not a bad thing when in an environment where almost anything can happen and millions of people are watching. No matter what, Bergeron always manages to coax a laugh.