Alfonso Ribeiro and Tom Bergeron on Dancing With the Stars

Alfonso Ribeiro is stepping back on the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom floor Monday (Oct. 5), but it will be “with a heavy heart.”

Host Tom Bergeron announced via Twitter that he will miss Monday’s show to be with his ailing father.

“I’ll miss 2morrow’ss #dwts to be at my Dad’s bedside. He’s given me a lifetime of support. Time to return the favor,” writes Bergeron. He also took the time to thank fans for their kind words in this difficult time.

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On Instagram, Ribeiro confirms that he’ll be filling in for Bergeron, whose “America’s Funniest Videos” hosting gig Ribiero also took over this year.


“I  will be filling in for @tombergeron tomorrow night on @dancingabc. I will be there with a heavy heart for my friend Tom and the Bergeron family,” says Ribeiro, who guest-judged on the program Sept. 28 and was also the Season 19 champion a year ago.

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