Tom Bergeron

Tom Bergeron

UPDATED 09/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

HARDEST-WORKING MAN IN SHOWBIZ

No need to adjust your sets: In the coming week, Tom Bergeron will be everywhere. On Sept. 21 the affable 53-year-old will cohost the Emmy Awards, where he is also nominated as Outstanding Reality/Competition Host; the very next evening he'll kick off the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars. In his spare time? He hosts America's Funniest Home Videos, all while raising two daughters with wife Lois. Bergeron chatted with PEOPLE's Reagan Alexander about being a good loser and dealing with falling Osmonds.

BEFORE I WAS FAMOUS ...
"I worked in radio in the morning, and in the evenings I was part of a mime troupe. A friend said, 'We hear you on your show, but we can't see you. Then when we see you, we can't hear you.'"

MARIE DOWN!
Two seasons ago, on DWTS, Marie Osmond fainted after a performance. "I just went into Dad mode, the same mind-set I had when my girls would skin their knee. That was the most shocking thing that has happened on the show. Other than Tucker Carlson trying to dance."

GETTING SPICY
"[Former Spice Girl and DWTS contestant] Mel B. decided to try to trip me up on live TV. It started with a little pinch [on my rear]. Then it became more of a grab. It became a personal challenge like, 'No matter what part of my body you put your hands on, I'm not going to get flustered!' The last show, when Mel came over to me, I grabbed one whole Spice Girl cheek ... and squeezed. There are perks to my job."

TEARS OF A CLOWN
"On Emmy night, I've got that pretend smile of support ready, so it will look like I am actually happy for the person that wins. Then I will use my mime skills, shut myself inside an invisible box and sulk."

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