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Kristen Bell Promises “Awkward” Hosting Banter for SAG Awards 2018


Sitting down with both ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Friday, the actress revealed that she has enlisted help from her comedian husband, Dax Shepard, to create funny dialogue for the ceremony.

The first-ever host for the SAG Awards, Kristen Bell, took break from preparing for Sunday’s ceremony to discuss her nerves ahead of the night and what she hopes to deliver to the stage.

Sitting down with Nick Watt for ABC’s Good Morning America, the actress explained how she perceives the award show’s decision to have their first host be female as a “tip of the hat” to the current climate, including the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative. “I think it’s just in response to sort of conversations changing about the industry and maybe having a female host it is a little bit of a response,” Bell said.

Though being the first host means not having anyone to follow, Watt asked Bell whether her hosting approach would lean more to a “Ricky Gervais snark” or an “Ellen warm hug.” “Well, first of all, always warm hug. I mean, I love some snark, but I don’t like when it gets too snarky. I’m gonna be as awkward and as weird as possible, and hopefully that will make someone smile,” Bell said.

Jokes aside, Bell reveals how flattered she feels to be chosen to host a show dedicated to actors. “It does feel very flattering, although I was hired not to be an actor, but a host,” Bell said, laughing, as she admitted that she’s never won a SAG award nor even been nominated. Watt proceeded to give the actress the coveted SAG statue, leaving the actress to joke, “I think maybe we should have a female version too.”

Meanwhile when speaking to Today’s Sheinelle Jones, Bell admitted that she doesn’t want to use the word “pressure” to characterize how she feels about being the first host but rather “excitement anticipation.”

As for what viewers can expect, Bell joked, “So far, I have asked for tight rope, moon boots and well over a million dollars of pyrotechnics.”

Hoping to deliver the funny during the show, Bell has enlisted the help of her comedian husband Dax Shepard. “He lets me run things by him and tries to act interested,” the actress said. 

The 2018 SAG Awards will air live Sunday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET on TBS and TNT. 



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