Began his broadcasting career in radio. While hosting a talk radio show in Portsmouth, NH, he was hired by Boston TV station WBZ to host both talk and kids' shows.
Filled in occasionally as an anchor for Good Morning America and The Early Show, and was reportedly considered at different times to permanently host the programs.
Received four Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host for Hollywood Squares. He tied for the award in 2000 with Bob Barker.
Got involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association because he's a fan of Jerry Lewis. He then served as a cohost of the Labor Day telethon multiple times, became a vice president of the MDA, and was honored with the MDA Directors' Award in 2007.
Was said to have been in contention to replace Bob Barker as the host of The Price Is Right in 2007.
Cohosted the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006 and the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008.
Wrote a memoir in 2009 titled I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can! Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood.
Has homes on both the East Coast and West Coast; his family is based on the East Coast, which has sometimes factored into his decisions about accepting job offers.
In addressing theories about Bristol Palin's 2010 run on Dancing With the Stars, he insisted the situation wasn't political---her mother was a Republican Alaska governor---and added, in an interview with Wet Paint, "I'm a liberal Democrat!"