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Tom Bergeron Makes Up for Osama bin Laden Interruption

When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.

Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:

“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”

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Suzanne Whang Hypes Powerful One-Woman Show

On February 5, stand-up comic, actress and reality TV personality Suzanne Whang will open her one-woman show Cracked Open: Let Go & Let Gook at Beyond Baroque in Venice. As is customary with these sorts of things, she is trying to drum up some excitement and ticket sales with an advance press release that includes some heady praise:

Jim Vallely, co-executive producer and writer of Arrested Development: “This is the most powerful piece of theatre I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos: “Bold, funny, and committed on stage. Actually, she should probably just be committed.”

Tracy Newman, founding member of The Groundlings: “Here’s how funny, beautiful and smart Suzanne Whang is: She has cancer and I’m jealous of her.”

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Emmys Take Reality TV To New Low Levels

Ryan Seacrest.jpgThe Emmy Awards will sink to new highs — or perhaps lows, depending on your viewing habits — with their presentation of Reality TV emcee emmys, the TV Academy announced.

It’s no surprise as it was just a year ago that “American Idol” emcee Ryan Seacrest was named to host the Emmy telecast in the first place.

“I look at reality as part of what holds up television as a whole,” Craig Plestis, who oversees reality TV for NBC Universal, told Variety. “You need nonscripted series to be one of the legs that holds up that table.”

The category’s first five nominees are a round-up of the usual suspects of Reality TV: Tom Bergeron of “Dancing With the Stars,” “Survivor’s” Jeff Probst, “Project Runway’s” Heidi Klum, “Deal or No Deal’s” Howie Mandel and “American Idol’s” Seacrest.

Good times are had by all on Emmy night.

And I don’t think anyone is expecting the winner to ask Sasheen Littlefeather to accept the statuette. For those you who forget your history and are no doubt condemned to repeat it, Littlefeather took the stage during the 1973 Oscars when Marlon Brando won the best actor award.

She said he wasn’t interested.