Jeremy Clarkson confirmed as new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 3 years ago

Jeremy Clarkson confirmed as new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Jeremy Clarkson will host the new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

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The game show returns this year on a limited run of seven episodes to mark its 20th anniversary.

Originally presented by Chris Tarrant, the show will air every night for a week in late spring.

Grand Tour presenter and former Top Gear host Clarkson said: "I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth.

"I'm a big fan of quiz shows and I'm looking forward to hosting this iconic TV show and hopefully making a few millionaires!"

The quiz caught headlines when, in 2003, a member of the audience used a series of coughs to indicate the correct answers and cheat to Army major Charles Ingram who won the £1,000,000 top prize.

One episode of the show in 1999 pulled in more than 19 million viewers for ITV.

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Tarrant left as host after 15 years and the final episode aired in February 2014.

He said: "All shows tend to get brought back eventually and they might well bring it back, but it will be with a different host - I wouldn't want to do it.

"Been there, done that."

ITV's head of entertainment Siobhan Greene said: "It felt like a no-brainer to celebrate the show that was a trailblazer of its time and broke the mould.

"In doing this one-off special week, I hope Millionaire will be introduced to a whole new generation. And with TV legend Jeremy Clarkson asking the questions, frankly anything could happen. I can't wait."

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