Luke Bryan Hints that Blake Shelton Is Out and Dierks Bentley Is In as ACM Host

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It looks like Dierks Bentley just may be replacing Blake Shelton as co-host of the ACM Awards, judging from a sly new teaser video posted by Entertainment Tonight.

The clip shows remaining host Luke Bryan in a bar as he finishes up a phone call where The Voice star apparently tells him he won’t be returning this year. An offscreen bartender, voiced by Dierks, asks what he can do for him. If you look closely, you also can spot Dierks’ dog Jake in the video.

“I really need a new co-host for the ACM Awards,” Luke replies “Somebody that loves country music. Somebody that I’m a little better lookin’ than — kinda like last year,” he jokes. “Wants to dance, sing, party in Vegas. There’s gotta be somebody out there.”

“Well, tip that on back,” we hear Dierks say as he slides him a beer. “I’m sure you’ll find your answer.”

So far, there’s no official word from the Academy of Country Music on the upcoming show, which typically takes place in April. Blake joined Reba as host in 2011 and the two returned in 2012. For the past three years, Blake and Luke have helmed the ceremony together.

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