ATLANTIC CITY — ABC’s Chris Harrison and ESPN’s Sage Steele will return to the city this year as hosts of the Miss America Competition, according to a statement Monday from the Miss America Organization.
“It’s an honor to grace the Miss America stage as host for the ninth time,” Harrison said in the statement. “I’m extremely happy to be sharing the hosting duties once again with my friend Sage Steele. Sage is a true professional whose quick wit and charisma lights up the stage and the show.”
Steele, who served as co-host for the first time last year, said the competition “was one of the most memorable events I’ve been a part of in my 22 years in this business.”
“These young women are so inspirational to millions across the country, including my own daughters, and yours truly,” Steele said in the statement. “I can’t wait to reunite with my friend Chris Harrison and the entire team in Atlantic City!”
Harrison, 45, hosts the hit romance/reality series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He began his television career covering local sports in Oklahoma City.
Steele, 44, is an anchor on SportsCenter and has covered several events for ESPN, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the college football national championship and the Masters golf tournament.
The 97th Miss America Competition will be broadcast live on ABC between 9 and 11 p.m. Sept. 10 at Boardwalk Hall. Prior to the televised pageant, there will be three nights of preliminaries on Sept. 6, 7, and 8. Ticket packages for all four nights can be purchased online or by phone at 800-745-3000.
The evening before the final competition, the contestants will participate in the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on the Boardwalk.