Cedric the Entertainer becomes the second Original King of Comedy to host a nationally syndicated game show.
Deadline broke the news that Ced will replace Meredith Vieira as the host of the ABC syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. According to their report, the comedian has closed a “multi-million” dollar deal in which he will receive a salary close to what Vieira was bringing in on her final season of the quiz show.
Vieira took over the show from then-host Regis Philbin in 2002 and has kept the show with high ratings for the past 11 seasons. She will continue to be seen on the pre-taped, all-new episodes through May and continue in re-runs which will air through the summer. Cedric will begin his hosting duties in September.