The lovable Cedric “The Entertainer” is leaving Disney-ABC’s syndicated game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” after one season as host. And the network is not happy, because they loved him too.
Citing an incredibly busy schedule along with the show’s move to Connecticut for his decision, the funny man detailed his reasons for departure in a statement.
“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. 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. It has truly been a fantastic ride hosting Millionaire this year — a really great time! Thanks so much to all the fans, contestants, crew, and everyone involved for making it such a fun and gratifying experience. As I always say on the show in parting, ‘Watch Your Wallet’!”
Cedric succeeded original “Millionaire” host Meredith Vieira who left last year after 11 seasons. Following his takeover of the show, ratings have been solid with him at the helm.
“Cedric is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for infusing his unique brand of humor and entertainment into the show,” Disney-ABC said. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with him on “Millionaire” this year — we’ll certainly miss him.”
The move to Standford, CT is being made for budget reasons, as it will bring savings and tax breaks. Projects Cedric is working on include his TV Land comedy series “The Soul Man,” a new reality series for the CW, “Cedric’s Barber Battle,” hosting the Critics’ Choice Awards and his own podcast as well as a couple of features, a Chris Rock film, the animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue” and the potential “Barbershop” triquel.
THIS JUST IN: According to Deadline TV, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews (pictured above) is in line to succeed Cedric the Entertainer as host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” I hear Crews reached an agreement for the show last week , though the deal has not been finalized. Not unlike Cedric, Crews is a busy man too, juggling his Fox series, which has been renewed for a second season, and movies including The Expendables franchise.