Kellie Pickler Exits Role As SiriusXM Host

Macie Banks will now host the midday show, airing weekdays from noon to 4pm ET.

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Posted on April 6, 2023

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Kellie Pickler has exited her role as an on-air host on The Highway on SiriusXM.

Macie Banks Takes Over Kellie Pickler’s Spot On SiriusXM

Macie Banks will now host the midday show, airing weekdays from noon to 4pm ET. Banks announced the news on Instagram.

“Hey guys. So you may have just heard us on The Highway, but I’m so excited because I finally get to share something that I’ve been wanting to share for a long time. Starting on Monday, I’m going to be doing middays on The Highway and I’m so excited to be doing this,” she said.

Macie Joined SiriusXM In 2021

Banks, who joined SiriusXM in 2021, confirmed that she would not be leaving her hosting duties on The Storme Warren Show and that this new show will be her very own.  

“I’m still going to be doing the Mornings with Storme. I’m just also going to have some one-on-one time afterward with you. So the show is from 12 to 4 Eastern Time and I’m very excited. Obviously, Storme’s been out this week and past couple weeks… he’s coming back. Nothing different with that, but I guess if you’ve listened, it’s going to be a little taste of what you’ll hear with just me on my show,” she explained. “So it should be interesting, but I’m so excited.” 

She later teased that she “more fun stuff” to share and encouraged her followers to tune in to her new show.  

Macie Banks Is Expecting Her First Child

The news of Banks becoming the new midday host comes after she revealed she’s expecting her first child with her husband, Cameron Nizialek, who is a football player for the XFL Seattle Sea Dragons.

“We’ve been keeping a secret… 💓 ” Banks and Nizialek wrote in a joint Instagram post. ”She’s gonna be the sweetest thing August ever did see. @camnizguy I love you baby. & I love us. all of us. 🥰 halfway to meeting our baby GIRL! & havin me a glass of wine.”

She Reportedly Took Time Off Prior To Her Husband’s Death

Pickler, 36, reportedly exited the role prior to the death of her husband. According to several SiriusXM listeners, Buzz Brainard confirmed that Pickler would be taking some time away from her midday show in mid-February.

The news comes to light weeks after her husband, Kyle Jacobs, was found dead in the couple’s Nashville home on February 17.

Kyle Jacobs, 49, was a producer and a songwriter that has written songs for dozens of country superstars, including Trace Adkins, Jo Dee Messina, Craig Morgan, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler (his wife), Clay Walker, Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, and many others. He was also a co-writer on Garth Brooks’ single “More Than A Memory,” which became the first song to debut at Number One on Billboard’s Country Singles chart in its entire history.

Pickler has remained silent and has yet to share any statements following her husband’s death.

Kellie Pickler Joined SiriusXM in February of 2022

Kellie Pickler began hosting SiriusXM’s The Highway midday show (12-4pm) in February of 2022 via satellite (ch. 56) and on the SXM App.

“I am so excited to join the SiriusXM family as a host on The Highway,” Pickler shared at the time. “This is such a fun and amazing opportunity to really connect with Country music fans across North America. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my current favorite songs and artists, along with chatting with some very special guests!”

Kellie Pickler Rose To Fame After A Stint On American Idol

Pickler is best known for her RIAA Gold-certified debut album, Small Town Girl, released in 2006, which features three Top 20 singles “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind.” She is also known for her RIAA Platinum-certified single, “Best Days Of Your Life.”

In May of 2013, Pickler and her dance partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing With The Stars. She later went on to be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame. 

From 2017 through 2019, the chart-topping singer served as the co-host of Pickler & Ben, a nationally syndicated talk show that has earned five Emmy nominations. 

As an actress, she has also appeared in several films and TV shows, including Christmas at Graceland, The Mistletoe Secret, 90210, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Wedding at Graceland and more.

SiriusXM’s The Highway plays new Country music including the hottest country superstars, up-and-coming artists, and the very latest discoveries direct from Nashville. 

SiriusXM is available to subscribers in their car, on their phone and connected devices at home with the SXM App. Streaming access is included for most subscribers. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.

Kellie Pickler; Photo Courtesy of Amy Harris/TheTravelAddict.com

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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