Cedric the Entertainer to Host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Comedian to take over for Meredith Vieira in Season 12.

Posted: 03/21/2013 09:00 AM EDT
Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer just landed a new day job. 

The comedian has been tapped to host the ultra-popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? starting this fall. He will replace Meredith Vieira, who has hosted the show since 2002. Regis Philbin was the original host when the ratings blockbuster launched in 1999.

"I’m truly looking forward to hosting Millionaire,” Cedric said in a statement. "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!!"

The King of Comedy will continue to star in his TV Land series The Soul Man.

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