Josh Duhamel Will Host Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

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Josh Duhamel is a kid at heart, which makes him the perfect person to host Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. The event will take place Saturday, March 23, at the University of Southern California's Galen Center  in L.A., airing live on the cable network at 8 p.m. EST.

"Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards is a great event that celebrates kids by honoring their opinions and taps into the kid in all of us," Duhamel, 40, tells Us Weekly in a statement. "I have a lot of secret plans for when I host the awards, but I can tell you I'm excited to lead millions of kids into total crazy fun, chaos . . . and, of course, endless slime!"

The Safe Haven actor follows in the footsteps of Will Smith, who hosted the show in 2012. Previous emcees include Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Rosie O'Donnell, Jack Black and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

"Josh has come out to play before for Kids' Choice and as a previous 'best arm fart' winner we know he'll do what it takes to be a great host," executive producer and Marjorie Cohn says. "We promise that this year will deliver the special, one-of-a-kind surprise-filled slimefest for which our annual telecast is famous."

Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards will be seen in more than 350 million households around the world and will be broadcast in more than 25 languages.

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