Reba McEntire Retires From The ACM Awards

(September 28, 2012)--Reba McEntire is retiring from her duties as host of the ACM Awards after hosting the ceremonies a record 14 times since 1986.

She says she has no plans to return for the 2013 program.

McEntire told Country Weekly that she's "passed the torch to Blake," referring to Blake Shelton, who co-hosted with McEntire during the 2011 and 2012 Awards.

McEntire isn’t retiring from TV, however.

In November, ABC premieres "Malibu Country," a new comedy series starring McEntire and actress Lily Tomlin, marking McEntire's first regular television gig since "Reba" was canceled in 2007.

ACM CEO Bob Romeo said in a statement that the Academy fully understands and supports McEntire's "decision to focus her energies on her new television project," and he said they've "known about this for a while."

He also said that they have something "very special planned with Blake returning and said he's got something big up his sleeve" that will soon be announced.

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