'Dancing With the Stars' Host Tom Bergeron on Getting Kissed by Kirstie Alley, Winning an Emmy and the Future of the Show

'Dancing' may up the ante to "Bungee jumping and rocket launches"
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Tom Bergeron got quite the surprise during the premiere of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars when contestant Kirstie Alley congratulated his Emmy win with a kiss on the lips.

So, how did it feel to be kissed by the former star of Cheers?

"Well, it was fine," Bergeron quipped to Celebuzz in a recent interview.

"I have to admit that I was working on sort of two levels: one, this is a bit of a surprise; and two, this will probably be good TV," he added.

Good TV has been a running theme on this season of Dancing With the Stars, which brought back some of the show's best contestants for one epic battle.

Three weeks into the season, Bergeron -- who won an Emmy in September for hosting the top-rated ABC program -- says things are going really well.

Almost too well, in fact.

"We had quality dancing this past week that is usually seen in the finals," he said. "That's why we're sort of throwing some curve balls at them to get them a little bit out of their comfort zones."

"It's certainly gotten bigger, in terms of the production values," added Bergeron,  who has been with the show since its debut. Discussing how Dancing has evolved over 14 seasons, he said, "That's something that you hear Kelly [Monaco] and Drew [Lachey] and Emmitt [Smith] talk about … The training required to do the dances and all of that is essentially the same, but the spectacle of it has gotten bigger, and the bar has been raised in terms of what you do in a dance."

"I think we're only probably two seasons away from bungee jumping and rocket launches."

It's no wonder, then, that Bergeron has no plans to leave his post anytime soon.

"I love live TV," he said. "I love the variety-reality hybrid of this. I think I'm under contract [until 2015]. If the show is on, I'll still be with it."

As for where he keeps his Emmy, Bergeron revealed, "I have it, appropriately enough, right over the TV on a mantel."

Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.

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