Michael Bublé steps down from hosting the Junos to care for son Noah

By Sarah Walker

Michael Bublé has stepped down as host for the 2017 Juno Awards. The 40-year-old first hosted the event in 2013, receiving rave reviews.

But as a result of his son Noah’s current cancer treatment in the U.S., the multi-platinum singer has decided to relieve himself of the hosting duties to focus on his family.

In a previous statement about his second time as host, the award-winning singer noted, “I’m just a kid from Burnaby, so to get the opportunity to host this incredible night in Canadian music, for the second time, is amazing."

Iconic rock star Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will step in for the Canadian crooner.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Michael – we respect his ongoing commitment to his family and look forward to working with him again in the future,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media, of the hosting shift in a statement. “We are thrilled that his friends Bryan and Russell have stepped up to host this year’s broadcast and have no doubt they will deliver an unforgettable show.”

For their parts, both Bryan and Russell seem excited about taking the stage for the main event.

“We have an incredible music community in Canada and this is the night we celebrate its success,” noted Bryan.

Russell added: “Third times a charm! And who better to share the stage with than Bryan Adams?! I’m actually really excited to be back, and looking so forward to making the 2017 Juno Awards a memorable one.”

This year’s ceremony will take place in Ottawa ahead of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and several famous faces will perform, including A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas.

Michael and Luisana are currently carrying for their son Noah.

Back in February, Michael, alongside his wife Luisana Lopilato, gave an update on their son’s condition.

In a message to fans, the couple said: "We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy. He has been brave throughout and we continue to be inspired by his courage. Our gratitude to his doctors and caretakers cannot be put into words."

Michael, 41, and Luisana, 29, added: "We'd also like to thank the thousands of people that have sent their prayers and good wishes to us. As we continue this journey, we are greatly comforted by your support and love."

Since Noah’s diagnosis in November 2016, the pair have both stepped out of the spotlight to concentrate on caring for their son.

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