'Greg & The Morning Buzz' Get Lowdown On Ryan Lochte 'Dancing With The Stars' Incident From Tom Bergeron
September 13, 2016 at 1:28 PM (PT)
NEW ENGLAND’s syndicated radio program "GREG and The Morning Buzz" got a first-hand account of the scary "Dancing With The Stars/RYAN LOCHTE incident when long-time friend TOM BERGERON called in to talk about it, immediately after his "Good Morning AMERICA" appearance.
BERGERON has been good friends with show host GREG KRETSCHMAR since TOM worked at The Buzz flagship station WHEB/PORTSMOUTH, NH. He told The Buzz that the protesters who rushed the stage didn’t seem to want any type of physical confrontation with LOCHTE, but the OLYMPIC Gold medal winner was pretty shaken up. BERGERON helped calm him and dancer CHERYL BURKE down before returning from the commercial break.
His consolation didn’t stop there, though. “RYAN’s mom was backstage, and she was still crying, and very upset about it after the show was over, so I hugged her and tried to calm her, too," said BERGERON.
“That’s just what TOM does, he makes sure everyone else is OK. He thinks on his feet, and that’s what makes him such a great live TV host”, said KRETSCHMAR.
When BERGERON was asked if he ever felt threatened, his response was "There really wasn’t enough time, because as soon as I realized what was happening, our security team had the guy on the floor. I just told them how thankful I was that they all work out so much!”
The other protesters in the room, who had gotten in by waiting in line for tickets, revealed protest T-shirts under their dress clothes, and left peacefully when dancer DEREK HOUGH told them to “Get out!”.
BERGERON likes to make unannounced drop-in visits at "GREG & The Morning Buzz" whenever he is home. “He simply loves radio, and hopefully - he likes us a little bit too!," said KRETSCHMAR. “TOM is as genuinely a nice guy as you’ll ever meet in show business, or any business. He’s been a great friend for many years."
"GREG & The Morning Buzz" is syndicated by the RADIO BUTTON NETWORK, airing in PORTSMOUTH, NH; MANCHESTER, NH; LEBANON, NH, and several other NEW ENGLAND markets. Syndication information can be found at MorningBuzzNetwork.com.