A television personality familiar with hosting competitions among beautiful women will team up with a “Good Morning America” co-anchor to host the
The Miss America Pageant will be hosted by Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” and Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America” when it returns to its home at historic Boardwalk Hall in September.
Chris Harrison, host of reality dating shows has hosted the pageant for the past four years in Las Vegas. He was also emcee leading the show during its last broadcast from Atlantic City in 2004 as the pageant made an effort to tap into the growing popularity of reality television with Harrison’s involvement.
“It’s an honor to come back to host Miss America as it returns to Atlantic City,” Harrison said in a statement. “Hosting Miss America is one of the most iconic hosting jobs in television, so I am thrilled to host it on this historic return home.”
The pageant will be broadcast on ABC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 15. The organization revealed the hosts Tuesday morning during a broadcast of Good Morning America, also on ABC.
“Chris has done a wonderful job for us over the years and we’re excited to have him return for another incredible television event with Lara (Spencer), who understands the significance of our program and the young women who compete each year,” Miss America Organization CEO and board Chairman Sam Haskell III, said.
Spencer, Good Morning America’s lifestyle anchor since 2011, was a pageant judge last year. She’s also a former host of “The Insider,” the creator and executive producer of NBC’s “It’s Worth What?” and the author of New York Times bestseller “I Brake For Yard Sales.”
Harrison began hosting “The Bachelor” in 2001. This year, it’s spinoff “The Bachelorette” includes an episode taped at Revel in March. The season, featuring 26-year-old Desiree Hartsock, premiers Monday.
Bert Parks, who earned the nickname of Mr. Miss America, was the Miss America Pageant’s longest running emcee with a 25-year run that ended in 1980. No other host has been as iconic, but many have taken a turn at the broadcast including Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford, Tom Bergeron, Wayne Brady, and Tony Danza.
Officials announced in February that the pageant would return to Atlantic City after spending several years in Las Vegas. The pageant has committed to three years in Atlantic City with a subsidy of $7.5 million plus in-kind contributions from multiple organizations over that time span.
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