Confirmed: Cedric the Entertainer Named New Host of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
We’ve got another big news confirmation this morning. Disney-ABC Domestic Television has confirmed that popular comedian and film and television actor Cedric “The Entertainer” has been named the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Cedric will join the show’s 12th season this upcoming Fall. The previous eleven seasons were hosted by Meredith Vieira who retired from the long-running syndicated quizzer in January.
“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!!”
“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. “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 vice president, Times Square Studios. “An immensely talented performer with widespread appeal, Cedric will no doubt infuse his gregarious personality and humor into the show.”
Congratulations to Cedric. We look forward to seeing how he does. And for those who are quick to rush to judgement…how about we wait and see how he does first? Or at least wait until he gets some episodes under his belt.
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