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Jimmy Kimmel to host rebooted ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

2020-01-08

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” lasted just a whopping seven months off the air.

The fan-favorite game show, which left syndication in May, will return for a special prime-time run of episodes in April to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, ABC announced Wednesday.

Jimmy Kimmel will take over as host, replacing Regis Philbin, who hosted from 1999 to 20002 before being replaced by Meredith Vieira for 11 years and then Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews and Chris Harrison.

“Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did,” Kimmel said in a statement. “I had little choice but to say yes.”

Unlike the original show, though, this version of “Millionaire” will feature celebrity contestants playing for charity.

Competitors will also now be allowed to invite a guest into the hot seat to help.

“It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert — anyone they want — to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice,” ABC said in a statement.

Fans at home will be able to play along on an app with the same cash prize as the contestants.

Michael Davies, the original executive producer, will return to bring the series back to the air.

“My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy’s since the days of ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money,’ and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on ‘Millionaire’ in its original run,'" Davies said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefited from and simply loved the game.”

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will return April 8.