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Cedric the Entertainer leaving 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

6/17/2014 Kate Stanhope, TV GUIDE
Cedric the Entertainer leaving 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' © AP / Cedric the Entertainer Cedric the Entertainer leaving 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

By Kate Stanhope
TV Guide

Who wants to be the host of a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"?

The syndicated daytime game show's current host, Cedric the Entertainer, is leaving after one season.

The actor-comedian, 50, announced he is exiting because of his busy schedule and the game show's Connecticut production location. "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," he 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."

Cedric the Entertainer took over for longtime host Meredith Vieira, who had been with the show since it first entered syndication in 2002. Regis Philbin hosted the popular primetime version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

"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 Television said in a statement. "It has been an absolute pleasure working with him on "Millionaire" this year — we'll certainly miss him."

However, the company is not wasting time looking for his replacement. Deadline.com reports that there have been discussions with former football player and actor Terry Crews about succeeding Cedric. However, Crews currently stars on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which shoots in Los Angeles and is set to return for Season 2 in the fall.

Watch Cedric the Entertainer in action on the game show here.

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