Luke Bryan Says 2023 CMA Awards Jokes Will Be “A Little More Tame” Than Before
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Luke Bryan is all set to bring his hilarious antics back to the 2023 CMA Awards alongside Peyton Manning. The American Idol judge, however, promises to tone the jokes down this time. The country crooner and the NFL legend will return as co-hosts for their second year running.
Luke Bryan Explains His 2023 CMA Awards Jokes
In a recent interview with Taste of Country Nights, Bryan guaranteed that fans will be left satisfied with his and Manning’s banter this year. Although, viewers will notice that the co-hosts words will be a little gentler than the last time.
“You kinda just think about it in terms of who can tolerate it,” he said. “Everybody’s so sensitive these days! Not really. We’ll have some fun with the people out there, but it’s a little more tame these days. You don’t have to worry about any Oscars slaps or things like that.”
For those who may not know, 2022 Academy Awards went viral before when Will Smith walked onstage and slapped Chris Rock for a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Manning is also looking forward to be leading the annual event. According to the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, he would rather turn the foul-passing jokes on himself than on the attendees.
“Luke and I both have thick skin and the more that the joke can be on us, we are for it. I think both of us believe in self-deprecating humor and don’t take ourselves too seriously. This is supposed to be a celebration and [we’re] not here to make anybody mad,” he said.
Bryan, Peyton Manning “Pumped” to Be Back as Hosts
As they gear up for their co-hosting duties this year, Bryan said that he and Manning have already established a good level of comfort with each other. The duo is reuniting for their second year in a row to co-host the show.
“We know a little bit better about our comedic timing and how that’s gonna roll,” he said.
As for Manning, he said he’s “honored to be back” this year. Considering that he is an “outsider” in the country arena, he claimed that it was a “lot of fun” for him last year.
“Last year, I was nervous because I was new and wanted to do my part and stay out of the way and give these artists their platform. So certainly feel more comfortable this year. I think we have the routine,” he said.
Amid the looming event, Manning hopes that there will be lots of numerous moments this year. Anticipating a cool evening ahead, he stated that he’s “pumped to be back.”
The 2023 CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, November 8.