Cedric the Entertainer has been tapped to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The comedian-actor will lead the game show when it kicks off season 12 in syndication this fall, it was announced Wednesday, replacing longtime host Meredith Vieira. Vieira took over hosting duties from Regis Philbin in 2002 and stayed on for 11 seasons.
“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 statement. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show.”
“Cedric the Entertainer is the perfect person to take the Millionaire franchise to the next level,” added Vicki Dummer, executive vp, Times Square Studios. “An immensely talented performer with widespread appeal, Cedric will no doubt infuse his gregarious personality and humor into the show.”
“I’m truly looking forward to hosting Millionaire,” Cedric said in a statement. “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!!”
Cedric the Entertainer can also be seen in TVLand’s The Soul Man, a spinoff of Hot in Cleveland.