Danza to host Miss America pageant

Tony Danza has been named to host this year’s 81st annual Miss America pageant, set for Sept. 22 in Atlantic City, NJ. The annual contest has been in a ratings free-fall for a number of years. In 1997, it pulled a 13.8 rating and a 24 share. By last year, with Donny and Marie Osmond hosting, it was down to an 8.7/15. In making the announcement, pageant producer Bob Bain said, “Tony‘s charm, enthusiasm and energy perfectly complement the changes we are making in the show. We believe Tony‘s talent and intelligence will be real assets to our efforts revitalizing and updating the Miss America telecast.”