Cedric 'The Entertainer' Officially Named New Host of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
His fellow King of Comedy, Steve Harvey has Family Feud; now Cedric 'The Entertainer' has a game show platform of his own. The funnyman has been been tapped to host syndicated quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
“We are thrilled to announce that Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ will be at the helm as our new host of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,’” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television in a press release. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show.”
Vicki Dummer, executive vice-president of Time Square Studios, also weighed in on the choice.
“Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ is the perfect person to take the ‘Millionaire’ franchise to the next level,” added Dummer. “An immensely talented performer with widespread appeal, Cedric will no doubt infuse his gregarious personality and humor into the show.”
Cedric is replacing former The View and Today personality Meredith Vieira, who helmed the syndicated version of Millionaire for 11 seasons. The comedian seems pumped about his new gig.
“I’m truly looking forward to hosting ‘Millionaire,’” Cedric stated. “The show is a modern day game show GIANT, and the team at Disney-ABC has been great at putting the right elements together over 11 seasons. I’m excited to entertain all those who watch and play as season 12 launches ... It’s going to be a good time every day!!