CMT Top 20 Countdown Host Lance Smith and CMT Part Ways
Jessica Phillips | November 23, 2009
After almost 10 years and 400 episodes, CMT Top 20 Countdown host Lance Smith has decided to move on. Besides being one of the most recognizeable faces of CMT, Smith was present at most music industry events as a representative of the show, including the Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, American Music Awards, and more.
In a press release, Smith stated, "I'll continue to pursue a place in front of a mic or camera, but it will be under a different set of lights." Smith continues, "Once upon a time, before my decade long stint as a host, I was an actor and it's time to wear that hat once again. I will forever be grateful for every chance and opportunity given to me by CMT and Country Music. There's not a better fan base in the world. But most of all I will miss the crews-my friends behind the scenes. It's the show behind the curtain that I was most fortunate to see."