After hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards for two consecutive years, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will no longer be teaming up as co-hosts. During a Q&A session at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, a three-day event that sees artists, songwriters, country radio and music insiders come together to learn more about the industry, Dierks let the cat out of the bag.
As a photo of Dierks and Luke appearing on the ACMs was displayed on the screen, Dierks said, “That’s over… We got fired. Is that not common knowledge?” Bentley’s manager confirmed the news to Billboard. “We won’t be back. We did it two years, and I love him to death. He’s one of my favorite people. I love the time we got to spend together. We had a lot of fun, obviously. It’s hard not to have fun with Luke. The ACMs are great. I had so much fun doing it. The ACMs have been so good to me.”
Dierks took over hosting duties with Luke in 2016 after Blake Shelton ended his run as host in 2015. No word on who will take the reigns as host for the 2018 show but the ACM will announce the new host or hosts in 2-3 weeks.
If we may be so bold as to make suggestions, we wouldn’t mind seeing Reba return to the gig. After all, she hosted the show for 12 consecutive years, she knows the drill. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill would make great hosts and let’s be honest, pretty to look at during the 3-hour telecast. Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are viable options. The two rising stars hosted ABC’s CMAFest special and Kelsea hosted “Greatest Hits” on NBC, so they have the experience.
The 2018 ACM Awards will take place on April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, after moving to the T-Mobile arena in 2017.
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