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Kristen Bell Will Be the First-Ever Host of the SAG Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Kristen Bell attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 2017 on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced on Monday that its annual awards ceremony this January will be "breaking a long-standing custom" by featuring someone in the role of the awards' first master of ceremonies. And that honor is falling to actress Kristen Bell (The Good Place).

"We are delighted to have Kristen Bell as the first-ever host of the SAG Awards," said executive producer Kathy Connell in a release. "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."

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"I am honored to be part of the SAG Awards," Bell added, "and am a little nervous about being its first-ever host. 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."

SAG will hold the 24th installment of its awards this January, broadcast in a live simulcast on TBS and TNT. Nominations will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 13. Morgan Freeman has already been announced as the recipient of the organization's Life Achievement Award honor.

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, 8/7c, live simulcast on TBS and TNT