“Peyton’s always been a huge country music supporter and fan, and obviously he’s a ginormous star beyond being a football star,” Bryan told the outlet. “He touches a different audience than me, so I think it helps us get into more households and maybe more people tune in to see what kind of crazy shenanigans he and I may be up to.”
Bryan and Manning are long-time friends, who enjoy golfing and hunting together, also according to the outlet. In addition, Bryan said he’s “always ready to learn from [Manning].”
“I’m always ready to learn from Peyton, and I think Peyton’s got this,” Bryan shared of their co-hosting duties. “It’s just fun hosting that night, and it’s just a special night in country music. And to be the Master of Ceremonies and watching people’s lives change is pretty special stuff,” he added.
Bryan, who’s excited to share co-hosting duties with Manning, says their partnership works because they “don’t take [themselves] too seriously.”
“We both don’t take ourselves too seriously,” Bryan told Fox News. “And [Peyton]’s obviously been in front of the TV. He’s just always done really well in front of the camera, and he’s a longtime fan of country music. I think us being on stage will be able to, you know, have a lot of fun with the crowd and just make it a really special night.”
When asked if he and Manning already have any jokes prepared for the big night, Bryan said they would wait and see and plan to have fun with everyone in attendance.
Bryan also shared that he and Manning are “pre-gaming,” for the Nov. 9 award show ahead of the big night. Bryan posted a photo of him and Manning on Instagram to get fans excited to watch them host.