‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Is Coming Back to ABC, but It Will Look a Lot Different
Who will host the new version?
Jimmy Kimmel, who has a strong relationship with ABC outside of his late-night talk show, will be the host of this revival. “Regis [Philbin] came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes,” said Kimmel in a press release.
Philbin, of course, is the most notable host of the show. He hosted the show during its entire, initial ABC run, which was from 1992-2002. When the syndicated version of the show started, Meredith Viera hosted the show for eleven seasons from 2002-2013.
Cedric the Entertainer hosted the syndicated series from 2013-2014, Terry Crews hosted it from 2014-2015, and Chris Hanson hosted from 2015 until it was canceled in 2019.
This new revival season will be the first time it is on ABC (non-syndication) since 2002.
Details about the latest revival
This new, special edition of the show will have eight episodes and the contestants will be celebrities. It will be accompanied by an interactive game that viewers can play at home. The viewers on this live app are competing to win the same amount of money as the celebrities.
Also, for the very first time in the history of the American version of the show, the contestants will be able to invite someone to join them in the hot seat to help them.
“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. 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 benefitted from and simply loved the game,” said the show’s original executive producer, Michael Davies, who is returning to helm this version.
The celebrity contestants for the show will be announced at a later date.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire returns to ABC this April.