Cedric 'The Entertainer' Named New Host of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'

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March 20th, 2013

Cedric the Entertainer Who Wants to be a Millionaire

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Burbank, CA, March 20, 2013 -- Stand-up comedian and popular film and television actor Cedric “The Entertainer” has been named the new host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” joining the long-running game show beginning with its 12th season in national syndication this Fall, it was announced today.


“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.”


“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!!”


Cedric replaces Meredith Vieira, who launched the weekday version of the game show in 2002 and remained host for 11 seasons, through 2013.


Cedric The Entertainer is perhaps most widely known for his work on the record-breaking “Kings of Comedy” tour with Steve Harvey, the late Bernie Mac, and D.L. Hughley. The highly successful tour led to the hit film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” which was directed by Spike Lee. Other film credits include “Barbershop” (2002), “Ice Age” (2002), “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003), “Johnson Family Vacation” (2004), “Madagascar” (2005), “Be Cool” (2005), “Charlotte’s Web” (2006), “Talk to Me (2007), “Street Kings” (2008), “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008), “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012), and the current comedy-horror spoof, “A Haunted House” (2013), among others.


Cedric’s first televised stand-up comedy appearance was in 1987 on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” which led to appearances on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and BET’s “ComicView” in the early ‘90s, and eventually to his own headlining comedy special on HBO in 2006, “Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher.”


He transitioned from stand-up comedian to television actor in 1996, making his acting debut on The WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show.” Cedric co-starred on the show alongside fellow comedian Steve Harvey for six seasons and won four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Coach Cedric Robinson.


Currently Cedric can be seen in the TV Land sitcom which he co-created entitled “The Soul Man,” starring as Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, a spin-off character that originated from a guest appearance on “Hot In Cleveland.”


In 2008 Cedric made his debut on Broadway with co-star John Leguizamo in a revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” And, marking yet another career highlight, he was chosen to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2005.


The ever-busy Cedric produces feature films through his production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment. Additionally, in 2011 the creative comedy star launched the WHOCED designer hat line collection, with items inspired by Cedric’s own personal sense of style.


A native of St Louis, Missouri, Cedric has been married to his wife, Lorna, for 12 years and together they have two children, Croix and Lucky Rose. Cedric also has an adult daughter named Tiara.

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is in its 11th season in national syndication. Every weekday, contestants are given the extraordinary chance to win life-changing money by answering entertaining pop culture and general knowledge trivia questions. As America’s richest game show, “Millionaire” continues to be the only game show to offer a $1-million prize to each and every contestant. With its fresh and fun new format, the randomization of the questions ensures that no two games are alike and that each path to $1-million is unique and unpredictable. “Millionaire” is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Rich Sirop is the executive producer. Visit “Millionaire’s” website at: http://www.millionairetv.com.



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  • RJ

    Just because Family Feud hired a black comedian and saw a bump in ratings doesn’t mean you can expect the same thing to happen here. Terrible choice,

  • Stephen Judson

    @RJ It is not because Steve is black that ratings are up, it is because Steve is funny that they are up. He does off the cuff stuff that some of the previous host of Family Feud don’t do. That being said, it is clear that the guys at WWTBAM wanted someone funny, so they pick up someone from “Kings of Comedy” and picked Cedric. I fully expect him to do stuff that Steve Harvey is doing to get the ratings up.

  • PJM

    The same guy who said his Fox show was cancelled because he was black, even though Fox was airing the Bernie Mac show at the same time?

  • Joseph

    The problem Cedric The Entertainer may have is this: “Family Feud” is a show that a comedian could do well as host (Richard Dawson, John O’Hurley, Steve Harvey).

    By contrast, “Millionaire” is a serious quiz show that a comedian won’t succeed in unless he/she decides to eliminate the comedy (except maybe a short, family-friendly joke at the end of the show after the quiz segment ends) and do the show in the way a serious quiz show could be done.

    Hopefully, Cedric will realize that, and will prove to be a good host for this kind of show.

  • Fakeem

    As if i needed another reason to NOT watch this show. UGHHH!!!

    Now with a “comedian” as host, i won’t even be able to see the commercials without cringing [as i do whenever i see Steve Harvey].

    By the way, I passed the audition for the show, but saw how rigged it was during the taping, before the testing for contestants, so I told the producers i didn’t want to be on the show. Now you couldn’t pay me to be on the same set as Cedric.

    How I hate pandering….

  • Kit

    Why couldn’t they just get Regis?


    WHO? They had Regis and Meredith. This guy seems like a step backwards… Steve Harvey can work on a show like Family Fued.. Who Want to be a Millionaire is a different type of show that (in my opinion) won’t work with this kind of host.

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