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Carrie Underwood Steps Down As CMA Host, Wants To Focus On Fitness

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Carrie Underwood announced that she’s stepping down from her 12-year hosting gig for the Country Music Awards. This decision was not easy. The country singer broke the announcement with a heavy heart on Instagram. She reflected on the memories, most of which she shared with her longtime co-host Brad Paisley.

Country singer steps down as CMA Awards host

On Instagram, she broke the news to the shock of her fans. She felt that it was time for her to “pass the hosting torch” to someone else. She’s hoping that torch will be passed to another woman. In the lengthy post, Underwood revealed that she was proud to be on stage with many female country legends, including Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

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One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years. It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments

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Prior to Paisley and Underwood hosting, the CMAs were a host-free event. Fans wondered why she stepped down from her hosting gig. She did not reveal if she had any musical projects coming up in 2020. She’s only scheduled to perform at the Stagecoach in Indio, California on April 25, as reported by CNN.

Carrie Underwood wants to refocus on fitness

The singer previously sat down for an exclusive interview with People, in which she revealed her love for health and wellness. It’s possible that Underwood could expand in this realm. Thanks to the success of her activewear line CALIA in 2015, she has been shifting her focus on fitness and healthy living. Since then, she shares fitness videos and workout tips with her fans. She’s also releasing her first-ever fitness book titled Pressure to Look Perfect in 2020.

The 36-year-old revealed what reignited her love for health and wellness. She admits that it’s about more than trying to “stay thin.” It’s a lifestyle.

“It’s been more about health, and being strong, and setting a good example for my kids, and working out because it makes me feel good,” Underwood said. “And just kind of shifting my mindset about why I’m into health and fitness.”

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Caffeinated and comfy in my @CALIAbyCarrie jumpsuit!

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When it comes to her diet, she’s a vegetarian. She believes that having a healthy balance and eating in moderation is enough to keep the weight off. She doesn’t do diet trends. The “Drinking Alone” singer also revealed the reason why she’s a vegetarian and why it doesn’t stop her from enjoying pasta.

“I don’t eat meat because it’s kind of a conscious decision that I make, but anytime anybody’s like, ‘I don’t eat carbs,’ I’m like, ‘Oh, but carbs are important!'”

Her diet consists of vegetables with quinoa or rice. Underwood admits that she’ll enjoy a piece of cake every so often. She hasn’t eaten beef since she was a teenager and later become a vegetarian at the age of 21. The singer revealed that her reason to remove meat from her diet is because her body adapts well without it.

Says “God has a different plan”

The mega-star has felt the pressure of Hollywood and trying to lose weight after having a baby. She lamented about the trials of “bouncing back” after the birth of her second son, Jacob Bryan, in January. But now she has a different perspective on things. Underwood’s been giving herself an emotional and mental break from her career and wants other mothers to do the same.

“I’m four years older,” she continued. “That also helped me shift my mindset—I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics.”

She suffered three miscarriage before giving birth to Jacob. While she didn’t want to wait four years in between her two boys, she’s happy to have them both. Of course, she’ll always mourn the three children that she never got to meet.

“We initially in our lives kind of wanted our kids a little closer in age,” Underwood admitted in a previous interview with People. “That didn’t happen, because God has a different plan sometimes.”

God seems to have an even bigger plan when it comes to her career. What are your thoughts on Carrie Underwood stepping down as CMA host? Sound off below in the comments section. Don’t forget to check back with TV Shows Ace for the latest news on your favorite country stars.

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