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Kaley Cuoco to host 2012 People's Choice Awards

October 27, 2011 |  4:06 pm

Kaley Cuoco of 'The Big Bang Theory' will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards.Kaley Cuoco of the Emmy-nominated uber-geek comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards, the organization announced Thursday.

Which pretty much means Cuoco is landing more hosting gigs than her "Big Bang" alter-ego is landing hemorrhoid commercials.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of the People's Choice Awards," executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade.... I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."

Cuoco hosted the Teen Choice Awards last August, where she competed for the spotlight with teens more interested in flailing their arms in front of the cameras than answering her loaded questions about the debt ceiling. But how else is a girl to prove that teens are smarter than we think? She may be better suited for the slightly older crowd drawn in by the People's Choice Awards.

She plays funny-girl-next-door Penny on the top-rated CBS comedy, which won the 2010 People's Choice Award for comedy series. The 25-year-old actress also starred in the final season of syndicated supernatural drama "Charmed" and the now-defunct series "8 Simple Rules," the favorite new TV comedy award winner in 2003.

She'll next appear in the independent feature film "The Last Ride" with Jesse James and the Lifetime television movie "Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story" with Rob Lowe.

The 2012 People's Choice Awards, in which fans determine the nominees and winners in 41 music, movies and television categories, will air Jan. 11 on CBS.

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Photo: Kaley Cuoco at the 2011 Emmy Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

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