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Trace on why he didn't go to the CMAs this year: "I don't make statements. I don't care enough to make a statement. I didn't have to buy a suit for that night, that's the way I look at it. I was just happy for Blake. I knew it was going to be a big night for Blake."
On the recent heightened airport security screenings: "I think it makes everybody more uncomfortable than it makes me."
On John Rich following in his footsteps as a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice': "After that first season, they came to me and said, 'Who in country music should we go after?' He was the first name that I told 'em. I said, 'You gotta get John Rich.' He's like a used car salesman. [laughs] He has been selling that Big and Rich crap for years."
On hosting the American Country Awards December 6 in Las Vegas: "I have to go out there Saturday and rehearse, I guess. Like I'm gonna really say what's on the teleprompter, anyway. We already had some conference calls and going through the script and I'm like, 'That's not funny.' I don't know why other people don't tell them [that some jokes don't work]. If you are the host, you can say 'That ain't funny. Come on, you need to try a little harder."
On gambling: I don't really like to [gamble]. I don't own stock. If I want to gamble, we'll go to Vegas. But it's funny how when I quit drinking, I quit gambling, too."