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CMT Music Awards: Jason Aldean to Co-Host With Kristen Bell

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Kristen Bell, Jason Aldean

The “Veronica Mars” actress returns for her second stint with the show while the country music star will make his hosting debut.

Kristen Bell is returning to the CMT Awards this summer, and this time, she’s bringing Jason Aldean.

The duo will host this year’s country music celebration on June 5 from Nashville's Bridgeston Arena, they announced on Twitter Thursday.

“I had so much fun hosting the CMT Awards last year, so I was thrilled to be invited back this year,” says Bell. “I think Jason Aldean is one of country music’s best and promises to be an excellent co-host.”

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Bell announced her return earlier this week, while the duo revealed Aldean’s involvement by tweeting a photo of the country singer donning a Veronica Mars t-shirt. Bell, meanwhile, modeled a concert tee from one of Aldean’s shows.

“I’m always looking for new challenges,” said Aldean. “Hosting a show has always seemed fun, but it has never felt like the right time. I think now that I’ve checked a few big things off my bucket list recently, I want to keep pushing myself. I’m excited that I’ll have Kristen to lean on, too … She and I have spent a little time together, and she always cracks me up. Plus, I heard she’s got a thing for ‘Big Green Tractors,’ so we’ve got that in common."

Aldean is an 11-time CMT Award nominee and has been a CMT Artist of the Year honoree each of the three years the title has been awarded. His Night Train Tour has already made history this year, making him the first country act to sell out Boston’s Fenway Park. In fact, the tour has sold out every date thus far, including Madison Square Garden, two nights in Fenway and another stop at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Bell is set to star in the film adaptation of Veronica Mars, which recently came to fruition after a groundbreaking stint on the crowd-funding site KickStarter. To top it off, she also recently gave birth to her first child with fiance Dax Shepard, a baby girl named Lincoln.

Last year, the House of Lies star shared hosting duties with Toby Keith.

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