Colbert, Noah & Ribeiro – What’s Replacing a Retiring Host Like? Just Ask Jeremy [VIDEO]
What are some of your favorite shows? Think about what it is that you like about them. Is it the actors, the host, the content? Perhaps it's a combination of those elements and maybe a few more. It sucks when one of your favorite shows ends, but what about when it changes?
While some people embrace change, others have a hard time adjusting. When people connect with a show that's been on the air for years, they get used to it and come to have certain expectations. When Trevor Noah replaced Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' recently, the heart of the show remained the same but there are some obvious differences. Sure the set has been revamped, but Noah had to make it his own, because it would be suicide to try to be Stewart. In my humble opinion, I think Noah, and David Letterman's replacement Stephen Colbert have both assumed their new positions masterfully.
Being the host of a show that I inherited, I can tell you what a challenge it is. I had to carefully balance and combine what J. Patrick had built over the course of his 30 year run with everything I had to bring to the table. 'The 80s Request Lunch with Jeremy Fenech' is certainly a much different show than 'The Cars Classic Lunch with J. Patrick', but I
think hope I've been successful in moving the show forward while still honoring its history and legacy.
Alfonso Ribeiro is the latest next-generation host, taking the reins of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' from Tom Bergeron. Ribeiro did a stellar job hosting AFV last night, with a new set and a whole slew of new videos. But what I found interesting today was his audition tape (funny that we still use the word 'tape'). It may have been just a formality, but back in May, 'America's Funniest Home Videos' posted this video to their YouTube channel. Watch the new host of AFV's three minute audition... from Tom Bergeron's set! Pretty cool, if you ask me.
As I wish Alfonso well on many years of making America laugh, I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank J. Patrick not only for seeing my passion for radio and hiring me when I was just 15-years-old, but also for having the faith in me to trust me with his show when he retired. I'm not J. Patrick, and I'd never try to be. But, I wouldn't be the person I am with out J., and for that I am eternally grateful!