Another member of The Original Kings of Comedy has ascended to game show royalty.
Starting this September, the performer known only as Cedric The Entertainer will replace Meredith Vieira as host of the syndicated edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The three-year, multi-million-dollar deal will pay the actor/standup comedian close to the amount that Vieira has been making in recent years.
New episodes of the popular quiz show hosted by Vieira will continue to air until May, followed by repeats in the summer, before Cedric takes over in September. A former co-host on ABC's The View and NBC's Today Show, Vieira has hosted all 11 seasons of Millionaire since its syndication launch in 2002.
Cedric got his start in television co-starring on The WB's The Steve Harvey Show from 1996 until 2002. He also gained notoriety in Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy and the Barbershop films. Currently, the Entertainer stars in the lead role of the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man. His obligations to Millionaire will not conflict with that series.
Steve Harvey, another Original King of Comedy, has hosted Family Feud since 2010 and now has his own syndicated talk show. Somewhere, D.L. Hughley is patiently waiting for Pat Sajak to retire...