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A video of Shelby County toddler Wyatt Hurst will be appear on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

By Lisa King

Wyatt Hurst of Shelbyville will be making his television debut at an extremely early age – in fact, he’s so young, he probably won’t even remember it when he’s grown.

Hurst, a tender 2 years old, will appear on America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC-WHAS-Ch. 11) on Sunday night at 7.

The toddler is the younger child of Josh and Malia Hurst, who also have a 4-year-old, Sophie.

The upcoming episode was brought to the attention of The Sentinel-News by the boy’s grandfather, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits.

“I told my daughter that I was going to call the newspaper so they can let the community know he is going to be on TV,” Waits said. “And she said, ‘Dad, why did you do that?’ and I said, ‘Because I’m proud of him, that’s why.’ He’s such a cute little guy, and really smart, too.”

The video will bear that out, no doubt, when it shows the toddler using his mother’s iPhone, a move that may qualify him to provide tech support for the entire family.

“My wife was home one day with Wyatt, and he was playing games on her iPhone,” Josh Hurst said. “Then he started playing with a fireplace app, and he goes into the kitchen and gets a couple of marshmallows and lays them on the phone. Then when he thinks they have been toasted enough, he eats them.

“My wife took a video of him, and it was the funniest thing. So she said she thought we should submit it to the show.”

Malia Hurst said it was during the week of Thanksgiving, and she had just gotten all together all the ingredients for dinner, when her son ran in and got a couple of marshmallows, and he was so intent she decided to see what he was going to do with them.

“When I realized what he was doing, I started recording him,” she said, laughing. “He did the whole thing himself. He turned it on, he started it up, he got the fireplace app on, and he ‘roasted’ the marshmallows. Then he just popped it in his mouth with a look like, ‘I did it!’”

The video was accepted and will air Sunday night, but the couple will not be on the show, at least not at this stage, Hurst said, unless the video makes it to a more advanced ranking.

In the meantime, Wyatt is content to do what he does best, his father said – watch Westerns on TV.

“He doesn’t like cartoons,” he said. “He only wants to watch Westerns. His favorites are John Wayne movies. He’ll sit there as long as you’ll let him, wearing his cowboy hat and watching John Wayne.”

Hurst said the entire family likes to go horseback riding, an activity that Wyatt has taken to like a duck to water.

“We have a large family; I guess you could say our family tree is more like ivy,” he said with a chuckle.

They include Josh Hurst’s father and stepmother, Charlie, and Ann Hurst, his mother, and stepfather and stepmother, Jim and Marilyn Cleveland; Malia’s dad and stepmother, Bobby and Debbie Waits; and her mom and stepfather, Buddy and Debbie Harlow.

“They are all proud of him and will be watching Sunday night,” Hurst said.

For more information on the show, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/americas-funniest-home-videos.