SAG Awards: Kristen Bell to Serve as First Host

The 2018 awards ceremony is set for Jan. 21.

The SAG Awards will have a host for the first time ever in 2018, it was announced Monday.

The Good Place star Kristen Bell will emcee the 24th annual ceremony, set for Jan. 21. 

“We are delighted to have Kristen Bell as the first-ever host of the SAG Awards,” said executive producer Kathy Connell, who has produced the show since its inception. “This has been a year in which assumptions have been challenged, stereotypes have been shattered, and precedents have been broken. We decided to capture the cultural mood by casting aside one of our own traditions, and we’re thrilled to have such a talented performer like Bell help us do so.” 

Bell, whose résumé also includes Frozen, Bad Moms, House of Lies and Veronica Mars, has previously shown off her hosting skills as a guest host on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but this will be her first time emceeing an awards show.

"I am honored to be part of the SAG Awards, and am a little nervous about being its first-ever host,” said Bell in a statement. “I’m so glad that I’ll be in the company of my fellow actors, many of whom I’ve worked with before, so I know they’ll be warm and supportive. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

Bell is currently in theaters reprising her voice role as Anna in the Frozen short Olaf's Frozen Adventure, currently playing ahead of Coco showings, and in the Bad Moms sequel A Bad Moms Christmas.

As previously announced, Morgan Freeman has been selected as the recipient of the SAG Awards' 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.