Disney-ABC made the announcement this morning. Stand-up comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer has been named the new host of the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire beginning with its 12th season this fall. He succeeds Meredith Vieira, who is departing at the end of this season. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic TV.
CAA-repped Cedric is the second member of The Original Kings Of Comedy stand-up troupe to be recruited to host a syndicated game show, joining Steve Harvey, who has been on Family Feud since 2010. The Millionaire announcement comes just as the Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit a ratings milestone, posting a series high in women 25-54 (2.9) for the week ending March 10 and overcoming the top-rated game show, Wheel Of Fortune (2.8), for the first time ever in the demo. The Millionaire gig joins Cedric’s duties as star of the TV Land comedy series Soul Man, which is filming this spring. He will shoot his first season of Millionaire in September.