Chris Harrison Named Host of 'Millionaire'

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Chris Harrison

He will continue as host of ABC’s 'The Bachelor,' while replacing Terry Crews, who has hosted 'Millionaire' for one season.

Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor, was named on Monday as the new host of the syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, it was announced by Disney/ABC.

Harrison takes over from Terry Crews, who is unable to continue due to the demands of other TV projects, according to the announcement. 

Crews took over from Cedric The Entertainer, who had replaced Meredith Vieira in May 2013 after she had hosted for 11 seasons.

“Chris has hosted 19 seasons of The Bachelor, and with that has developed a very deep connection with the TV audience,” said Lisa Hackner, executive vp daytime  syndicated programming, ABC Entertainment Group. “He is smart, warm and a formidable host.”

"There are few shows on television as strong and iconic as Millionaire,” said Harrison. “This is a great fit, and I’m extremely excited and honored to take on this new endeavor."

Harrison will continue hosting The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise, all reality series on ABC. Harrison has hosted The Bachelor since 2001.

In recent years Harrison also hosted The Miss America Pageant, Emmys Red Carpet Live and the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Millionaire airs weekdays in most of the U.S. It is produced by Valleycrest Productions and distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley is executive producer. 

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