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Ben Bailey to Return as Host for Discovery’s Revamped ‘Cash Cab’

Comedian won four Daytime Emmys over course of franchise’s original ride

Ben Bailey is getting back behind the wheel on Discovery’s version of “Cash Cab.”

The comedian and host of the original game show will return to New York City for — and with — a new spin: this time, Bailey will occasionally be joined by celebrities when picking up passengers. The rules are the same, with “Cash Cab” giving a taxi-rider the opportunity to win money for answering trivia questions — and they’ll still be out on the street after three incorrect answers.

“Holy #%$&!! Cash Cab is back!!!” Bailey said in a statement. “HUGE thanks to all the fans who pushed for the show (and for me) to come back! Never before has a comedian been so happy to go back to driving a cab. OMG I think I left the meter running!”

The global “Cash Cab” franchise originated in the U.K. but was picked up in the U.S. from 2005 to 2012. Its popularity earned it a spinoff in 2007 called “Cash Cab: After Dark.”

David Steinberg will helm the new version, which also counts Bailey among its executive producers. Robyn Todd is co-executive producer.

“Cash Cab” is produced for Discovery Channel by Lion USA and Norton Productions. Tony Tackaberry, Allison Corn and John Slaughter are also executive producers.

Bailey won four daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host over the series’ initial run.