The star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will succeed Terry Crews on the Disney-ABC syndicated game show.
Chris Harrison Tapped To Host ‘Millionaire’
The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison is taking over as host of Disney-ABC’s syndicated game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire for its 14th season premiering this fall. Terry Crews currently hosts the Connecticut-based show.
Harrison has been hosting ABC’s long-running primetime shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since 2001.
“Chris is an accomplished host and valued member of the Disney-ABC family and now he’ll also be bringing his classic talent and charm to Millionaire,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, in a statement.
“Chris has hosted 19 seasons of The Bachelor, and with that has developed a very deep connection with the TV audience,” added Lisa Hackner, EVP, daytime and syndicated programming, ABC Entertainment Group. “He is smart, warm and a formidable host and we are thrilled to have him join Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
Harrison will replace Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews who this season took over hosting duties from Cedric the Entertainer, who lasted only one year as host.
Meredith Vieira, who now hosts her own NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution show, hosted Millionaire for its first 11 seasons.
So far this season, Millionaire has a 1.9 household rating and a 0.8 women 25-54 rating, down 14% and 20% year to year, respectively, based on Nielsen data.