Dierks Bentley & Luke Bryan Will Not Host the ACMs in 2018

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The era of “Lurks” has come to an end.

A rep for the Academy of Country Music has confirmed Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will not serve as hosts of the upcoming 53rd ACM Awards.

Dierks broke the news Monday (Feb. 5) during his keynote address at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

“Yeah, we got fired this year. That's over,” he joked. “Is that not public knowledge? I’d assumed it is.”

Despite his light-hearted retort, the “Woman Amen” singer had nothing but good things to say about both his hosting stint and his co-host Luke. 

“It’s hard not to have fun with Luke,” he said, “and the ACMs are great. The ACMs have been so good to me.”

And even though he and Luke won’t share an ACM connection anymore, Dierks assures he and the “Most People Are Good” singer will stay good themselves.

“I love Luke to death,” Dierks added. “Anyone in this business that’s married and has kids, you kinda find each other. You’re always looking for life hacks, and ways to optimize the whole deal.”

The ACM is slated to announce the new hosts of “Country Music’s Party of the Year” in the coming weeks.

The 53rd ACM Awards broadcasts live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 15 on CBS.

Photo: Getty Images

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