Chris Harrison Returning as Miss America Pageant Host

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Chris Harrison is returning as host of the Miss America competition.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Sage Steele will return as co-host for the event, which airs live on ABC at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Sept. 10, from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

A total of 51 women, representing their home states and the District of Columbia, will compete for the title.

This is Harrison's ninth time hosting the event — his first time was in 2004. He also hosts ABC's Bachelor franchise, which includes The Bachelorette, currently in its 13th season, and Bachelor in Paradise, set to premiere in August.

"It's an honor to grace the Miss America stage as host for the ninth time," Harrison said. "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 is the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road and is the Monday-Thursday anchor for SportsCenter:AM.

Added Steele: "I can honestly say that co-hosting Miss America last year 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."

Sam Haskell is executive chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, while Josh Randle is president.

Dick Clark Productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce the event.