Terry Crews has given “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” his final answer — and the answer is yes.
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star has signed on as the new host of the long-running game show for its upcoming 13th season, which will premiere in the fall.
Crews replaces Cedric the Entertainer, who replaced Meredith Vieira last year and bowed out in late April because hosting duties won’t fit into his schedule with the show’s impending move to Connecticut.
“We are excited to announce that Terry Crews will be taking the reigns as our new host of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ next season,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Terry is engaging, endearing, smart, and quick on his feet — the perfect combination to lead one of the longest-running franchises in game show history.”
Crews will film “Millionaire” during the summer and on hiatus weeks from his series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
The actor noted that hosting “has always been a dream of mine.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ and the Disney-ABC family,” Crews said. “‘Millionaire’ is such a beloved franchise and I can’t wait to get started as the new host. In addition to my film projects including ‘Blended,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and now being a first time author, hosting has always been a dream of mine, and I couldn’t have asked for a greater opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Cedric said that he was leaving the game show after “much thought and some series conversations” with studio executives.
“With the many television and film projects that I have going on which shoot and promote in various parts of the country, a production-base in Connecticut would make it quite difficult to maneuver the many moving parts on my plate,” Cedric said in a statement last month. “So, after much thought and some serious conversations with senior executives at the studio, I decided to let Disney-ABC know that, unfortunately, I’m not able to continue on as host.”