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Terry Crews, who stars on Fox’s critically acclaimed Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has officially been named the host of the syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Crews, who played in the NFL and also appeared in Old Spice commercials, will be replacing outgoing host Cedric the Entertainer. Former Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira previously hosted the syndicated version of the long-running trivia game show.
“We are excited to announce that Terry Crews will be taking the reigns as our new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire next season,” Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement. “Terry is engaging, endearing, smart, and quick on his feet -- the perfect combination to lead one of the longest-running franchises in game show history.”
With Crews coming on board, the show is moving production to the East Coast for the 2014-2015 TV season. The show will be filmed at a studio in Stamford, Connecticut.
“Millionaire is such a beloved franchise and I can’t wait to get started as the new host,” Crews said.
Crews stars as Sgt. Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which Fox picked up for a second season. The show won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Comedy series. The actor’s other credits include Get Smart, Bridesmaids and the Expendables franchise. He played in the NFL for six seasons after being drafted in 1991 by the Los Angeles Rams.