The ABC host who has been front-and-center for the network on several reality competitions, awards shows and last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee tells The Associated Press he's happy to help the pageant showcase young women who've become top role models from throughout the country.
The pageant's announcement comes as it marks the 90th anniversary of its first competition this week. Back then, it was little more than a bathing revue. Today, the Miss America Organization touts itself as the country's largest provider of scholarships to young women, giving more than $45 million last year.
Next year's pageant is scheduled to air live Jan. 14 from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.