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

Mike P Williams
Jeremy Clarkson will be the new WWTBAM? host. (PA)

It’s official: Jeremy Clarkson is the new host of the rebooted series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, it’s been revealed.

Rumours had swirled for weeks that Clarkson, 57, was the favourite to host the new version of the once popular show where contestants had to answer 15 multiple choice questions to walk away with £1 million.

The telly star confirmed the news via Twitter. ‘Can’t wait to get cracking with Millionaire. Always loved that show,’ he stated.

The former Top Gear presenter had been strongly tipped to be the face of the new show, after Chris Tarrant become synonymous with the series during its first run.

Up until now, the current face of Amazon’sThe Grand Tour had remained quiet over any speculation that he was joining the updated version of the show which is set to re-launch in time for the programme’s 20th anniversary later this year.

‘I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth,’ the controversial presenter said, according to Digital Spy. ‘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 rumour originally arose when a source at the Sun claimed the star would be fronting the new series and not former host Chris Tarrant, 71.

Jeremy Clarkson will be the new WWTBAM? host. (PA)

‘Jeremy is a huge character and the bosses are convinced he is going to come in and really make the show his own.

‘As well as interviewing contestants and giving answers, he’ll be injecting plenty of humour.

‘The show was a huge hit last time around and the hope is that it’ll live up to that success the second time around,’ they revealed.

Clarkson is an interesting choice, considering how public his fall out and sacking from the BBC was. He was fired from Top gear after he reportedly punched a producer because he wanted a steak.

WWTBAM? ran from September of 1998 until early 2014, where Tarrant presented. With the news of Clarkson jumping on board, it looks likely the new series will air in time for that all-important 20-year celebration.

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