Cedric “The Entertainer” is leaving Disney-ABC’s syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire after a season as a host. He cited his busy schedule and the show’s move to Connecticut for the decision.
“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,” Cedric said in a statement. “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. Cedric took over the show last fall. “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 Millionairethis year — we’ll certainly miss him.” The production company will begin search for a new host.
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.