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.