'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' returns to ITV with Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Clarkson is the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Jeremy Clarkson is the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will return in 2019 with Jeremy Clarkson as the host.

The game show was revived, after twenty years off the air, this May with a seven-episode special hosted by Clarkson. Watched by over five million, the brief revival proved that the show still has viewing power.

The new series of 10 episodes set to air in early 2019, will give contestants the opportunity to win £1 million after being asked 15 questions.

They will be helped along the way with lifelines: Ask The Audience, Phone a Friend, 50:50 and the return of the new lifeline Ask The Host.

Clarkson, replacing Chris Tarrant who hosted the show between 1998-2014, said on joining the show:

“I absolutely loved hosting the anniversary shows and cannot wait to spend a few precious hours away from James May and Richard Hammond, making the new ones,” he said.

Chris Tarrant hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire between 1998-2014.
Chris Tarrant hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire between 1998-2014.

Matthew Worthy, joint managing director of production company Stellify Media, added: “Ask The Host is back! And a quick tip for future contestants: don’t use it on questions about fine art, haute cuisine or the scouting association.”

In one of the earlier episodes of the show’s revival a contestant used the Ask The Host lifeline to consult Clarkson on a driving question.

The former Top Gear star stunned viewers when admitted he did not know the shape of a stop sign, saying “stopping is for other people”.

During the reunion specials Clarkson was incorrect about a number of questions and he wrongly told a contestant he had correctly answered a question, without checking the answer first.

The application process to be a contestant on the show is already open.


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