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Chris Harrison to host Miss America Pageant

August 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The host of the ABC shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" has been chosen to host another major show.

Chris Harrison will once again host the Miss America Pageant for at least another two years.

Harrison says he's happy to help the pageant showcase young women who've become top role models from throughout the country.

"It's about these amazing women that have dedicated their lives to this one moment," said Harrison.

The pageant's announcement comes as it marks the 90th anniversary of its first competition this week.

Officials say 14.6 million people watched the pageant this year nationwide.

The pageant returned to network TV this year after being on cable since 2004. The pageant is scheduled to air live on ABC7 Jan. 14, 2012 from Las Vegas.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.