New Millionaire host: Cedric the Entertainer to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Season 12

By on Mar 21, 2013 in Entertainment, Television, United States Comments

Cedric the Entertainer will be the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Season 12, and will be replacing Meredith Vieira, who has been hosting the show in the US since 2002. Cedric the Entertainer, or Cedric Antonio Kyles in real life, is an American comedian best known for his role at “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

According to a post at the official site of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Cedric the Entertainer will be the new Millionaire host, with the show’s Season 12 to start this Fall. The show is being featured in the US by Disney-ABC Television since 2007.

“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.” Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, was quoted in the report.

“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 said.

Cedric the Entertainer, 48, also appeared in several films such as “Barbershop,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “Johnson Family Vacation.” He is also one of the four comedians featured in the 2000 Spike Lee film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” along with of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac.

Based on the format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the host will ask contestants various questions and the winner can receive a maximum prize of $1,000,000. It originated in UK back in 1998 and was first distributed by Buena Vista Television in 1999, and was hosted by Regis Philbin.

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