"The article was inaccurate," Vin Di Bona told E! Online, adding that, while the show may be revamped when it returns to ABC next TV season, "nothing has been decided."
Di Bona also said "absolutely not" to Daily Variety's assertion that veteran sitcom actor Jay Thomas (Cheers, Murphy Brown, Married People, Love & War) had been hired as part of a new two-host team for Funniest Videos.
Decisions on format or host changes, if any, will likely be made within the next month, Di Bona said.
Di Bona said the trade-paper report came as a surprise--and, ironically, on a day when the TV producer had a lunch scheduled with Saget. (The lunch still happened and, "It was great," he said.)
America's Funniest Home Videos premiered in January 1990, with Saget, now 41, as host. Never a critical favorite, it was nonetheless the first TV series to mine the lucrative lowbrow market for amateur home videos. The sort of harmless thing ("Oh, look, Grandma's teeth fell out!") that one day would be extrapolated by Fox into the real-life gore of When Animals Attack.
For the show's first six seasons, Saget did double duty, splitting his Funniest Home Videos hosting chores with his role as Danny, the dull dad on Full House. That sitcom ended its network run in 1996.
America's Funniest Home Videos did not make ABC's fall schedule this spring, but it is penciled in as a mid-season replacement.