While a deal isn't officially finalized, Terry Crews reportedly came to an agreement to host the show last week. If a deal does become official, it is unclear how that will affect his role on Fox's hit comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was renewed for a second season following its Golden Globe win for Best Comedy Series in January. The actor also stars in the upcoming movies Blended and The Expendables 3.
Here is the statement released by Cedric the Entertainer, citing his busy scheduled and the production's recent shift to Connecticut as the reason for leaving the show.
"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 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 the Entertainer replaced Meredith Vieira, who left after hosting the show for 11 seasons. Here's what Disney-ABC had to say in a statement.
"Cedric is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for infusing his unique brand of humor and entertainment into the show. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him on Millionaire this year - we'll certainly miss him."
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