Meredith Vieira Replaced by Comedian as Host of 'Millionaire' TVWeek

Meredith Vieira, the longtime host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” will be replaced by comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” when the show launches its 12th season this fall.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television made the announcement today in a press release. Vieira has been the host since the show launched in 2002.

Janice Marinelli, president of Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in the statement: “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.’ 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 added this comment: “I’m truly looking forward to hosting ‘Millionaire.’ 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 is known for the “Kings of Comedy” tour, which also included Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and the late Bernie Mac.