Cedric the Entertainer Named ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Host

Announcement long expected as Meredith Vieira exits

Who wants to host "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"? Cedric the Entertainer does: He was named to the job Wednesday.

The comedian and actor will join the show for its 12th season in national syndication this fall.

“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 of 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.”

Added Cedric: “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!!”

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